Stars urge more TV ethnic diversity

Idris Elba is among the stars who signed the letter calling for more funds to back ethnic minority programming

Idris Elba is among the stars who signed the letter calling for more funds to back ethnic minority programming

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Stars including Idris Elba and Lenny Henry have told TV bosses they are "dismayed" at the poor numbers of people from ethnic minority backgrounds working in the industry and demanded money be set aside to improve the situation.

Figures including Broadchurch writer Chris Chibnall, comic Harry Hill and actor David Harewood signed an open letter calling for " a ring-fenced pot of money" for black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) programmes.

They say: "We are dismayed at the poor numbers of black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) people both on our screens and working behind the camera.

"Today, only 5% of employees in our creative industries are BAME, despite BAME's making up 12.5% of the total UK population."

The letter, which was sent to BBC director general Tony Hall, ITV chief executive Adam Crozier, and the bosses of BSkyB, Channel 4 and Channel 5, was also signed by film-maker Richard Curtis and Baroness Doreen Lawrence.

It comes after Mr Hall announced a plan to set up a £2.1 million "diversity creative talent fund" to help fast-track shows by ethnic minority talent on to the screen and create a series of development programmes at the BBC.

The signatories to the letter said such plans were "welcome" but "not sufficiently radical to effect significant change".

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11:56am Wed 20 Aug 14

notslimjim says...

What they are saying is that there are too many white people in the industry.

Their racist comments won't receive the negative attention that they deserve because it is virtually impossible for a BAME person to be racist in the eyes of the authorities.

There is nothing stopping them working for Nigerian TV.
What they are saying is that there are too many white people in the industry. Their racist comments won't receive the negative attention that they deserve because it is virtually impossible for a BAME person to be racist in the eyes of the authorities. There is nothing stopping them working for Nigerian TV. notslimjim
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1:09pm Wed 20 Aug 14

BMD says...

As my old Grandmother used to say: "Cream rises to the top"

If they haven’t got the talent or qualifications, should someone be employed simply because of the colour of their skin?
As my old Grandmother used to say: "Cream rises to the top" If they haven’t got the talent or qualifications, should someone be employed simply because of the colour of their skin? BMD
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2:33pm Wed 20 Aug 14

cosmick says...

They must be dreaming, i have stopped watching soaps lioke emmerdale, corrie ect because they put E/M actors in them and they are totally out of place.
Sick to death of E/M going on.
None of this crap when KENNY LYNCH was on telly.
They must be dreaming, i have stopped watching soaps lioke emmerdale, corrie ect because they put E/M actors in them and they are totally out of place. Sick to death of E/M going on. None of this crap when KENNY LYNCH was on telly. cosmick
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5:30pm Wed 20 Aug 14

notslimjim says...

cosmick wrote:
They must be dreaming, i have stopped watching soaps lioke emmerdale, corrie ect because they put E/M actors in them and they are totally out of place.
Sick to death of E/M going on.
None of this crap when KENNY LYNCH was on telly.
Actually, parts of the East End look like Delhi.

It's the white actors who look out of place in Eastenders.
[quote][p][bold]cosmick[/bold] wrote: They must be dreaming, i have stopped watching soaps lioke emmerdale, corrie ect because they put E/M actors in them and they are totally out of place. Sick to death of E/M going on. None of this crap when KENNY LYNCH was on telly.[/p][/quote]Actually, parts of the East End look like Delhi. It's the white actors who look out of place in Eastenders. notslimjim
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12:37pm Thu 21 Aug 14

duckface08 says...

BBC MONEY!!!! The first B stands for British, why should ethnic actors etc be able to claim preferential treatment. If my dog had a litter of pups in a hutch that would not make them rabbits!!! Cliff Richard was born in INDIA it did not make him Indian. NO I want to see more talented people on our TV and stop this dumbing down just to accommodate people of ethnic origin.
BBC MONEY!!!! The first B stands for British, why should ethnic actors etc be able to claim preferential treatment. If my dog had a litter of pups in a hutch that would not make them rabbits!!! Cliff Richard was born in INDIA it did not make him Indian. NO I want to see more talented people on our TV and stop this dumbing down just to accommodate people of ethnic origin. duckface08
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