The BBC has announced it will spend £100 million on ‘diverse and inclusive content’ in response to Black Lives Matter unrest.
The BBC, funded by the compulsory TV license fee, will also set a 20 percent diverse-talent target for all new productions from April 2021.
“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,” BBC Director-General the Lord Hall of Birkenhead said. Lord Hall, a wealthy white male, earns a salary of £400,000 a year as head of BBC.
The BBC has offered BAME-only training and internships for a number of years, with no positions offered exclusively to people from white working-class backgrounds – despite being one of the most under-represented demographics at the organisation.