BBC ‘Too White’ and ‘Failing to Tackle Radical Islam’

A former Director General of the BBC and its Director of News have both raised concerns about standards they say the public broadcaster is not meeting.

Lord Birt, who ran the BBC from 1992 to 2000 told a conference at London City University that the organisation was failing to address the “awesomely difficult questions” of the current climate including the economy and the threat of radical Islam, the Telegraph reports.

Enders_2815357bWalford in EastEnders features twice as many white people as real-life Walthamstow in East London (Source).

And James Harding, who is in charge of the news output for the broadcaster which covers TV, radio and internet said that it better serves “rich, old, white people” than those from poorer background and ethnic minorities, according to the Daily Mail. He insisted the corporation must “redress the balance” and cater for all.

The BBC is funded by the compulsory license fee, which costs the same for everyone regardless of age or income. Those who don’t pay it risk prosecution, a court appearance and a fine of up to £1,000 (not including legal costs).

Lord Birt said there needed to be a different strategy in order to address “the big questions we face.”

“Every economy bar one in the G7 is more productive than the UK – these are the big issues that go undiscussed,” he said.

“If you take current affairs as a whole, it doesn’t have sufficient presence at the moment. I am not alone in thinking that…

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  • star

    Ok, one month of only white tv shows, the next month, black shows, followed by a month of Asian shows, followed by a month of disabled shows, followed by a month of nature shows. Etc

    easy program, diversity!

    • Let me know when Drunk Lesbian month comes round.

      • Frau Katze

        That would be genuinely interesting.

  • fuzzy

    Following leftie month comes lesbo moth, Islamic month, other religions

  • The bulldog is the only attractive creature in the picture.

    • Barrington Minge

      To right. Eastenders is rubbish anyway. 2nd rate acting with a 3rd rate script and as for “Plastic Max”..as actors go he gives planks a bad name.

    • b_marco

      Wow I had no idea.. not that there’s anything wrong with that.

  • Rosenmops

    On Canadian TV they show a lot of British shows that are set in the ’50’s or ’60’s, but made much later. These shows are mostly all white people. For example:

    Heartbeat
    The Royal
    The Darling Buds of May
    Call the Midwife

    There are others too but I don’t recall the names. Maybe people, especially old people, are nostalgic for the non-vibrant times. I know I am.

    • Frau Katze

      What? You don’t like vibrancy and diversity?

  • minuteman

    Nobody watches much TV any more. There is nothing to watch. TV drama will go the way of radio drama, an TV news will go the way of newspapers. TV is a dead twentieth century technology.