On Thursday 14 April MPs from across our political parties will debate diversity in the BBC in the House of Commons. I applied for this debate because I believe very strongly that our national public broadcaster should fully represent and reflect modern Britain accurately and authentically.
In opening the debate I will be presenting evidence of the BBC's shortcoming and calling on the BBC's leadership team to make good on their promise to "represent the UK, its nations, regions and communities". Please do get in touch with me at firstname.lastname@example.org to share your views on this issue.
More information on the debate can be found here.
The motion that will be debated is as follows:
"That this House notes the crucial cultural role the BBC plays in modern Britain; welcomes the fact that one of the public purposes outlined in the BBC Charter is to represent the UK, its nations, regions and communities; notes with concern that the last employment census in 2012 showed the number of black, Asian and minority ethnic people working in the UK television industry fell by 30.9 per cent between 2006 and 2012; believes that a BBC target of 17 per cent for 2017 is insufficient; further notes that this target falls short of other broadcasters; and calls on the Government to recognise these failings when considering the BBC's charter renewal and make representations to the BBC to ensure that the Corporation is not failing in any of its diversity objectives, including but not limited to, delivering high quality programming which reflects modern Britain accurately and authentically and that the Corporation must advance equal opportunities to diversity and develop its workforce and senior leaders so that they better reflect audiences."