As Andrew Marr observed a decade ago: ‘The BBC is not impartial or neutral. It’s a publicly funded, urban organisation with an abnormally large number of young people, ethnic minorities, and gay people. It has a liberal bias, not so much a party-political bias. It is better expressed as a cultural liberal bias.’
Why, then, is the government intent on making the BBC even more gay? In one of the less-reported sections of this week’s white paper on the future of the corporation, John Whittingdale lays down a target that 10 per cent of senior leadership roles at the BBC be filled by LGBT staff by 2020.
Nearly a year after we launched our ambitious strategy to hardwire diversity into everything the BBC does, today we’re unveiling the results of our recent and most comprehensive staff census that shows the BBC has met its 2017 targets – and is well on the way to hitting our 2020 goals:
- 14.5% of our workforce are from black, Asian or minority ethnic background, including more than 10% of our leadership.
- Over 48% of our staff are women – approaching the 50% target set for 2020.
- Over 10% identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgender.
- More than 10% of our staff have told us they have a disability – already ahead of the goal for 2020.
Good thing Quotas never discriminate and are always fair and equal! 🙂
She’s a Quota choice! That’s so much better…