Via BBC News
BBC radio DJ Nihal Arthanayake has criticised diversity at Radio 1, claiming “nothing has changed” at the corporation since former director general Greg Dyke called it “hideously white” in 2001.
He welcomed news that DJ Clara Amfo is joining Radio 1’s daytime line-up.
But he said there is “a problem on the eighth floor” of the BBC’s Broadcasting House where Radio 1, its sister station 1Xtra and the Asian Network are based.
The Radio 1 office, he said, is “all white” while 1Xtra’s is “all black”.
The former Radio 1 DJ, who now broadcasts on Asian Network and 5 Live, was taking part in a panel on diversity at the Oxford Media Convention when he made his comments.
“All the Asians are sitting in one corner, all the white people are on Radio 1 and all the black people are on 1Xtra,” he said.
“That is not diversity, that is silos.”
In a statement, the BBC responded:
“Radio 1 and 1Xtra are committed to reflecting the diversity of their young audiences and these sweeping generalisations are untrue.
“Both stations have exceeded the BBC’s diversity targets and we will continue to work hard to build on this progress.”
A few people have rightly pointed out that there are white DJ’s working for 1Xtra (isn’t DJ Charlie Sloth practically the face of 1Xtra?) and a black DJ (Clara Amfo) will be joining Radio 1. So in a sense there is a bit of “diversity” going on within those stations. But where is the diversity over at the BBC Asian Network? Is he also encouraging diversity within his own station?
Over to you Nihal…..
Oh and didn’t BBC Radio 1 axe him last year?
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