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BBC appoints June Sarpong as head of creative diversity



BBC has  appointed as the broadcaster’s first director of creative diversity, with a remit to improve “the BBC’s on-air talent portrayal and commissioning” to represent all minority communities across the corporation’s output. She will also be responsible for increasing the diversity of staff involved in the programme-commissioning process.
The day before her appointment, internal concerns were raised about the wider representation of staff from minority backgrounds at the organisation.
BBC News’s editorial director, Kamal Ahmed, told the corporation’s journalists on Thursday afternoon that he had been shocked by some of the language he had heard during his five years working at the organisation, while one prominent reporter from a minority ethnic background said the row had caused substantial damage to the relationship between the BBC and minority communities who “do not trust us”.

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