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Monday, 09 May 2016 23:30

The BBC Announces That One In Six On-Air Or On-Screen Roles Will Be LGBT By 2020

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One on-air and on-screen role out of six which will be LGBT or disabled people by 2020, this is in all cases was announced the BBC.

Indeed, the BBC has just introduced its televised representation plan for the coming years and announced that 8% of all on-air and on-screen roles will be LGBT, so one out of six will be gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. This percentage includes disabled people too, also in lack of representation on TV.

Another announcement: 50% of on-screen and broadcasting roles on the entire network will go to women.

For example, Radio 2 was until now rather dominated by men. At present, an overhaul of the team is going to have a little more women. A review conducted last year by BBC Trust showed that this same channel, Radio 2, nor attracted ethnic minorities.

Hence the idea of a charter to improve the representation of all: LGBT and disabled people, women and black, Asian, … people.

A BBC spokesperson in a statement: "We are making good progress in our work to make the BBC a truly diverse organisation, but there's more to do and we're always keen to improve.

"Almost half of our workforce is made up of women and the proportion of our workforce who are black, Asian and other ethnic minorities is at all-time high.

"We'll continue doing what works but also develop new and innovative ideas to do even better, and we'll set this out in our new diversity strategy shortly."

This new strategy of representation will be launched at the end of this month as announced by Tunde Ogungbesan, head of diversity, inclusion and succession at the BBC: "Later this month we'll be launching our new diversity strategy full of new and innovative ideas for our audiences, for our people and with our partner to do even better now and 2020."

The BBC's charter is currently under review by the Ministry for Culture and the Digital Economy, but already the minister confirmed that indeed that diversity will be prominent.

The BBC already said it wants to improve or even do better than the other major broadcasters in the representation of the general population.

Then I would have just a small complaint to the BBC, especially to the BBC Three if it plans to launch lesbian series as it has already done in the past with "Lip Service": Please do not stop the series without giving us an end!

In short, it's a bit this kind of initiative we expect from broadcasters. We will see how our community will be shown on the BBC in the future and I hope that others will do the same, and not just in the UK.


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