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04 May 2016

Over in the UK the country's national broadcaster, The BBC, announced changes to the corporation’s diversity targets with one in six of all on-screen BBC roles to represent lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender or disabled people by 2020.

The BBC measures are in response to criticism that it has been failing to reflect its audience.

A recent review by the BBC Trust, the corporation's watchdog, found that six stations - including Radio 2 - raised concerns that they were failing ethnic minority audiences.

It was also found Radio 2 was experiencing difficulties in attracting non-white listeners.

Included in the new targets fifty per cent of all on-screen and broadcasting roles will go to women, however, on-screen and on-air representation, including lead roles, will stay at 15 percent for people from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds.

A statement from a BBC spokesperson said:
' “We are making good progress in our work to make the BBC a truly diverse organisation, but there's more to do and we're always keen to improve.

“Almost half of our workforce is made up of women and the proportion of our workforce who are black, Asian and other ethnic minorities is at an all-time high.

“We'll continue doing what works but also develop new and innovative ideas to do even better, and we'll set this out in our new diversity strategy shortly.”

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