BBC commits £100m to increasing diversity on TV

June 25th 2020

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The BBC is to increase diversity by investing £100m of its TV budget over a three year period to produce “diverse and inclusive content”. Director general Tony Hall has described the move, which will apply from April 2021, as “a big leap”.

The BBC has set itself a mandatory target – 20% of off-screen talent must come from under-represented groups. That includes those with a disability or from a BAME or disadvantaged socio-economic background.

There will also be three “tests” for diversity in the BBC’s TV output, with programmes needing to meet two of them to qualify – diverse stories and portrayal on-screen, diverse production teams and talent and diverse-led production companies.

The cash injection will support diversity and inclusion across all genres of TV, including Children’s, Education and Current Affairs.

In October last year, TV presenter and campaigner June Sarpong was appointed as the BBC’s director of creative diversity, as it pledged to ensure 50% of on-air roles will go to women by 2020, with targets of 15% for black, Asian and minority ethnic groups [BAME], 8% for disabled people and 8% for LGBT staff.

Off air, the BBC promised at the time to increase the proportion of leadership roles filled by women from 44% to 50% by next year, and raise the share of such senior roles held by BAME staff from 11.5% to 15%.

Original article posted by the BBC.

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