Demand that BBC 6 Music fix the shameful lack of diversity in its presenter line-up

Demand that BBC 6 Music fix the shameful lack of diversity in its presenter line-up

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Back in March this year, I emailed the BBC with the email below.  I have an email saying they received it, however I have heard nothing since. It has been conveniently ignored.

BBC 6 Music relies heavily on music by black and asian artists, yet they have one - yes ONE!!!! - regular black presenter, Craig Charles. All of their other regular presenters are white.  This week, Mary-Ann Hobbs will be away and Tom Ravenscroft will be filling in for her.  Why not have guest presenters all week drawn from the community which produces the music BBC 6 Music relies on?

 

YOUR COMPLAINT:

 

Complaint Summary: Lack of diversity in presenters

 

Full Complaint: I am an avid listener of BBC 6 Music, listening for most of the day, seven days a week. There is great music played and I am a huge fan of several of the presenters. I have just heard "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised" by Gil Scott-Heron on Steve Lamacq's show. This is a song whose title was a slogan in the Black Power movement in the US in the 60s and was written in response to a South African revolutionary poet's poem. It would be fine for a middle-aged white man to be playing this piece if it was in the context of a platform which represented a wide diversity of people. However, this is not the case for BBC 6 Music. It astounds me - especially when the station relies heavily on BAME music for much of its content - that almost all of the regular presenters are white. Throughout today and in the previous few days there has been an advert by Gilles Peterson and Cerys Matthews for the Cheltenham Jazz Festival. Two white people. I have contacted you before about this and did not receive a response. You MUST do something about the shameful lack of diversity in your presenter line-up. It is unacceptable on so many levels, but especially because of your reliance on music by black people.

 

 

 

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Thank you again for contacting us,

 

BBC Complaints Team

www.bbc.co.uk/complaints

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