Diversity on TV: a discussion with Lenny Henry

Following the BBC's commitment to new diversity targets, we publish the footage of a discussion about diversity on TV with Lenny Henry, Pat Younge, Dawn Foster and Bev Skeggs. 

OurBeeb Team
25 April 2016

The BBC has announced new diversity targets to ensure that, by 2020:

 - 15% of its workforce is drawn from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds for staff and leadership roles, as well as ensuring the same percentage for on screen, on air and in leading roles

- Women will make up half of the workforce of the BBC across the spectrum

 - Disabled people will make up 8% of the workforce

- lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) people will also comprise 8%

Is it enough? One of the most vocal champions of increased diversity at the BBC is Sir Lenny Henry, who has campaigned ferociously for ringfenced funding for BAME shows, seeing rhetoric and more targets as not enough. We thought it was a good opportunity to share this fascinating discussion on the issues of representation, power, race, gender and class, between Henry and Professor Bev Skeggs, writer Dawn Foster, MD of Sugar Films Pat Younge, and a brilliant audience at Goldsmiths University. 

This event was hosted by the 'Future of TV' inquiry on March 22nd. You can read more about the inquiry, and make a submission, here

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