June 23, 2020
The BBC has announced that it will spend £100 million of its TV budget to increase diversity and produce inclusive content over the next three years.
It has vowed that 20 per cent of all its off-screen talent for its new commissions will come from under-represented groups.
This will include people with a disability, those who are black and minority ethnic and individuals from a disadvantaged socio-economic background.
The BBC’s pledge comes in the wake of a wave of Black Lives Matter protests in the UK and across the world following the killing of George Floyd in the US.
Director general Tony Hall described the move, which will apply from April 2021, as a ‘big leap’.
He said: ‘The senseless killing of George Floyd – and what it tells us about the stain of systemic racism – has had a profound impact on all of us.
‘It’s made us question ourselves about what more we can do to help tackle racism – and drive inclusion within our organisation and in society as a whole.
‘This is our response – it’s going to drive change in what we make and who makes it. It’s a big leap forward – and we’ll have more to announce in the coming weeks.’
Under the plan, 20 per cent of off-screen talent, which may mean crew, writers, producers or directors, on all new network commissions has to be diverse.
All new BBC commissions will also need to meet two of three criteria.
This article was posted: Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at 3:51 am