BBC commits £100m to increasing diversity on TV

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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 also set itself a mandatory target of 20% of talent i.e. actors and presenters coming from BAME backgrounds.

The corporation will report on its progress in its annual report.

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 announcement follows widespread Black Lives Matter protests, following the death of George Floyd while in police custody in the US.

‘The stain of systemic racism’

“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,” said Lord Hall.

“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.”

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