BBC faces criticism for ‘ghettoised’ black and Asian output

BBC Radio has come under fire for its “token” commissioning of dramas by and featuring black and Asian artists, with both the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain and Equity criticising the lack of diversity in the Corporation’s output Both unions took the opportunity to highlight their concerns in individual responses to a review being carried out into BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 4 and BBC 7 by the BBC Trust.

In its response, the guild said the BBC has a “tendency to ghettoise”, claiming the Corporation will often broadcast a “black drama” rather than a “drama which just happens to be about black or Asian people or the whole ethnic mix”.

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