Posh white people need not apply: BBC advertises for a £20k-a-year trainee journalist at Radio 1 but the role is only open to candidates from a ethnic minority or ‘lower social economic background’

A BBC traineeship is not accepting applications from posh white people, sparking claims the national broadcaster may have broken employment law.

The role, which pays £20,000, would see the successful applicant placed at one of the UK’s biggest radio stations, BBC Radio 1, for a year in their London office.

But the opportunity, which will only take black, Asian, mixed ethnicity, or lower socio-economic applicants, could be recruiting illegally if it is classed as a job, rather than a ‘development opportunity’.