BBC diversity plans: now let's make it happen

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21 June 2014

Tony Hall, director-general of the BBC, yesterday announced a slate of proposals aimed at increasing the number of Black Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) workers entering and managing the BBC.

The proposals also aim to address BAME portrayal.

The roll-out will see:

  • a new top level leadership development programme
  • more commissioning funding and training
  • more training internships alongside the BBC’s existing apprenticeships
  • stretching targets to make sure the BBC delivers on its new commitments

Progress on the plans will be examined by a new Independent Diversity Advisory Group set up to "ensure the BBC’s work remains relevant and effective".

More details of yesterday's announcement here.

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.

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