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BBC diversity and Ofcom

April 20, 2017

On Tuesday 18th April I wrote to the Culture Minister Matt Hancock MP about diversity in broadcasting. Last year I led a successful campaign for the inclusion of a commitment to representing the diversity of the UK in the BBC Charter. It is Ofcom's responsibility to regulate the BBC and ensure that the BBC is fulfilling its statutory duties and obligations, so I was very disappointed that Ofcom do not currently plan to give equal weight to off-screen diversity of employment on-screen diversity of representation.

 

As I told The Guardian:

 

"Ofcom cannot and must not abdicate responsibility. Improving representation on-screen without progress off-screen is hollow and deceptive.

 

Editorial control, influence and the power to drive real change all lie behind the camera, not in front of it".

 

You can read my letter in full below:

 

 

 

 

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David Lammy

From Tottenham. For Tottenham.