The BBC has called for diversification of news workers by senior broadcast journalists

A BBC executive has called on the broadcaster to diversify its senior news staff because editorial meetings should ‘not be influenced by the notion of white people’.

Jonathan Munro, head of NewsGuarding, said the BBC’s top news spots were largely in the hands of white men. When he joined in 2014, everyone on his team was Caucasian – including him.

He further added that journalists in the media, including the BBC, did not fully realize the seriousness of the problems faced by council-dwelling residents before the Grenfell Tower disaster, which killed 722 people.

In 2017, at the time of the disaster, ‘not enough people in newsrooms across the country came from that background’, he added.

Mr Munro – who earns 180 180,000 a year – told the Times:We don’t want all our editorial meetings to be dominated by what blacks and whites think.

‘We don’t want any section of society to dominate our editorial thinking, because we are not becoming diverse. Our thought process. ‘

Jonathan Munro, head of the BBC’s NewsGuarding (pictured), called on the broadcaster to diversify its senior news staff because editorial meetings should not be “dominated by what white people think”.

He further claimed that reporters at outlets, including the BBC, did not realize the seriousness of the problems faced by council-dwelling residents before the Grenfell Tower (pictured) crash that claimed 722 lives.

He further claimed that reporters at outlets, including the BBC, did not realize the seriousness of the problems faced by council-dwelling residents before the Grenfell Tower (pictured) crash that claimed 722 lives.

The remarks came after BBC Director General Tim Davy said the co-operative needed to “fundamentally change” in order to recruit staff and diversify its workforce.

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Mr Dewey said jobs should be accessible to people who do not have an academic background while he is not ‘anti-oxbridge’.

Speaking at an event at the Creative Coalition 2020 festival, he added: ‘You’re going to get some of the best people who can cross social barriers and go to top universities and be fantastic candidates.’

But he said it would be “ridiculous” if the only way to be creative was with top universities.

The BBC spread the word in July after Fiona Lamdin (left) uttered the n-word in a news report.

The BBC spread the word in July after Fiona Lamdin (left) uttered the n-word in a news report.

He said, ‘I think in the occasional patches we considered it bad.’

The BBC began a massive broadcast in July after a white presenter uttered the n-word in a news report.

Covering the racist hit-and-run attack on a Black NHS worker on July 29, social correspondent Fiana Lamdin said more than 16,000 people had complained to the BBC.

The then Director General Lord Hall apologized about two weeks later.

Earlier this month, the BBC’s head of diversity, Jun Sarpong, said he had received “glimpses” from TV executives during his career and feared they would allow black people to be represented on mainstream shows.

His comments came after the BBC's director general Tim Davy (pictured) spoke about how co-operatives need to be 'fundamentally changed' to improve their staffing and diversification of their workforce.

His comments came after the BBC’s director general Tim Davy (pictured) spoke about how co-operatives need to be ‘fundamentally changed’ to improve their staffing and diversification of their workforce.

The 43-year-old broadcaster has been tasked with improving diversity on the BBC and behind the scenes.

He said that ‘we have crossed the point of empty debate’ and he is optimistic that the new talent ‘certainly does not have to go through the things I have achieved in my career.’

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Sarpong began her media career with the radio station Kiss 100 and later became an MTV presenter and one of the female faces on Channel 4’s daytime teen-target program T4.

Speaking at the 2020 conference of the Sarpong Creative Coalition, he said: “I understand what the problems are and who the problem is and where the obstacles are going.”

‘I’m in a room with the commissioners where you’re glowing.

“I came up for the job and at the last minute, I’m worried about whether a black person will be able to present a mainstream show.”

Veteran broadcaster Mark Mardell warned that the BBC’s various drives would “annoy and frustrate” its viewers.

The BBC's head of diversity, June Sarpong, says TV executives 'shined' during his career

The BBC’s head of diversity, June Sarpong, says TV executives ‘shined’ during his career

In a split shot while leaving the corporation after a 30-year career, Mr. Mardel expressed his frustration during an interview on Radio 4’s response show.

Mr Mardell told radio host Roger Bolton: ‘We need young people and we need to find people who feel useless by the BBC.

“But that doesn’t mean you have to bother and disappoint your real, basic audience.”

He added: ‘We have to work harder and harder, and if I really believed that the only bone fat, the only thing that could be cut, was to report and budget the program, I would say that it is a very embarrassing and big loss. But we have to do it to survive.

‘But there is no other way the BBC can cut it? Nowhere is it that none of the five or six who have “head” and “news” in their headlines can see and see other areas of the BBC that are too fat in the body?

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‘I worry, yes I worry too much, because I think reporting is at the heart of each of us, it’s fundamental. If you don’t know what people are saying, why people misinterpret Brexit, that’s why people misunderstand Trump, that’s why people misunderstand several elections.

‘Not only because, we’ve consistently believed in opinion polls, but we’re not going out there and listening to people’s stories, and you have to do it.

‘I think the news command economy is probably not effective. The wheel does not need to be renewed. ‘

At the start of the program, the former World presenter this weekend said: ‘I do not approve of what is being done on the BBC and I will be fair about it.

His comments come as the BBC announces that it will spend টের 100 million of its TV budget over the next three years to increase diversity and create inclusive content.

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