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SENIOR BBC BLACK EXECUTIVE PAT YOUNGE TALKS LACK OF DIVERSITY ON BRITISH TELEVISION / DOTUN ADEBAYO NOT IMPRESSED

In July Pat Younge resigned from his post as  chief creative officer of BBC Productions and will say goodbye to the corporation at the end of this year. But before leaving Pat has decided to speak out about the lack of diversity on British television. In a recent interview with Radio 5 Live breakfast he said: “I have lived in both [the US and the UK]. I would rather personally live in Britain as a culture, as a society, in terms of how different races []

UK NEWS: BBC CANCELS ‘COMIC RELIEF’ EXPOSÉ

Via The Telegraph The planned broadcast of a Panorama investigation into Comic Relief has reportedly been cancelled after a string of BBC executives ruled themselves out of making decisions about it. The documentary is understood to examine how the charity allegedly invested £150 million of its funds for up to eight years, before handing the money to the causes for which it had been raised. Some of the money was allegedly invested in tobacco firms and an arms company. By the end []

BLACK BRITISH CREATIVES – THE FUTURE LOOKS BRIGHT

Several years ago I remember hearing through the grapevine that the BBC were claiming to have lost recordings of the hit 1990s BBC 2 comedy sketch show The Real McCoy, after there were calls from the black community to make the series (which ran from 1991-1996) available on DVD. Well imagine my surprise when I visited The Voice website last week and read that after a lengthy ‘Bring Back The Real McCoy’ campaign the BBC has now issued the following statement: A BBC Worldwide spokesperson told The Voice: “There are no []

UK NEWS: BBC APOLOGISES TO WRITER AND BROADCASTER DARCUS HOWE

The BBC has apologised to Darcus Howe after newsreader Fiona Armstrong accused him of taking parts in riots, during a live interview on Monday. Watch the interview below. …………….. Via The Telegraph The BBC said Armstrong had not intended to show Howe any disrespect and the questions were intended to gauge his reaction to the events. News Channel editors acknowledged it had been a ”poorly-phrased question” but said this sometimes happened during live interviews and the incident was compounded by technical issues []

UK NEWS: BBC SET TO MEET WITH PRODUCERS OF BRITISH-NIGERIAN ONLINE SITCOM MEET THE ADEBANJO’S

Just a month after launching their new sitcom independently online and receiving widespread media attention, the BBC has quickly arranged to meet the producers of Meet the Adebanjo’s to discuss picking it up for season 2. Only this week the Metro newspaper featured Meet the Adebanjo’s as what’s good to watch online and the producers believe it’s the result of the widespread interest in the sitcom which has made the BBC arrange a meeting for the 1st August. Executive producer Andrew Osayemi []

UK NEWS: ONE SHOW HOST CHRIS EVANS IN RACE ROW AFTER SAYING HE COULD NOT SEE BLACK SCIENTIST

Viewers complained to the BBC, I posted news about this incident several days ago and mainstream media outlets have finally picked up on the story. Via The Daily Mail Chris Evans has been accused of racism after telling a black scientist he could not see her in a dim BBC studio. The presenter told Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock, a highly respected space expert and  government adviser: ‘I can barely see you, to be honest.’ The remark came after he mistakenly said she was Caribbean when she []

UK TV: CBEEBIES – RASTAMOUSE

The BBC has turned children’s book series Rastamouse in to a cartoon series. Rastamouse is a children’s book series, written by Genevieve Webster (an author and illustrator) and Michael De Souza (a Rastafarian swimming instructor). Rastamouse books are written in rhyme with a Jamaican accent. Rastamouse is the main character. Other characters that play a big part in the books are Scratchy and Zoomer. There are three Rastamouse books available. These are Rastamouse and the Crucial Plan, Rastamouse Da Bag-a Bling and []