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Lady Lawrence appeals for better ethnic minoirty representation

Lady Lawrence, the mother of the murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence has appealed to the media to do more to promote the black and Asian population in the UK and to see the numbers of them in the creative industries increase.

While she welcomed a recent BBC drive to increase diversity among the workforce, she argued that more should be done. A recent scheme set up in association with the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust has pledged to take on 20 young recruits from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds to learn about the world of broadcasting and production.

While Lady Lawrence applauded the scheme, she argued that there are still barriers to getting to the top, and pointed out that every single camera operator in the event at the BBC Radio Theatre was white. This is true of the whole of the UK media, with only about 5% of total employees from BAME backgrounds.

Comedian Lenny Henry also submitted proposals regarding improving numbers of black and Asian employees in the media to the culture minister earlier this year. He is thought to be set to talk more about this when he gives his annual Bafta TV lecture in the coming months.

Tony Hall, the director general of the BBC has indicated that racial diversity in BBC employment is to become a priority.

Lady Lawrence claims that the media were disinterested in the death of her son in comparison with the death of a white teenager that occurred at about the same time, in 1993, and whose murder was covered in great detail by the press.

 


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