BECTU has welcomed the plans and pledges to monitor progress closely.
Targets must be met
Winston Phillips, secretary of BECTU's Black Members' Committee and a senior project manager at the BBC, commented:
"We welcome Tony Hall's announcement today as a positive and substantial step towards addressing the under-representation of BAME staff at the BBC that becomes more acute the higher the grade.
"The Director General has listened to the views of black and minority ethnic workers as we have pointed out the need to increase BAME numbers both on and off screen, in senior positions, within commissioning and in programme making.
"This proposal comes after several years in which the BAME workforce, particularly at mid-level, has haemorrhaged from the industry, either leaving the sector or leaving the country to pursue a career where they will be better appreciated.
"So we welcome this move. The proof of this plan will clearly be whether the targets set by the BBC are achieved and more BAME staff move up within the corporation, and are better represented both in front of and behind the camera."
Industry concern about the growing under-representation of BAME workers in the creative media sectors was prompted by shocking research published by Creative Skillset in July 2013.