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BBC commits £100m to increasing diversity on TV

The BBC is to increase diversity by investing £100m of its TV budget over a three year period to produce "diverse and inclusive content".

Director general Tony Hall has mentioned the change will happen from April 2021. The

BBC has also set a mandatory target, that 20% of off-screen talent must come from under-represented groups.

That includes those with a disability or from a BAME or disadvantaged socio-economic background.

The announcement comes after the death of George Floyd and the ongoing Black Lives Matter protests across the world.

"The senseless killing of George Floyd - and what it tells us about the stain of systemic racism - has had a profound impact on all of us," said Tony Hall.

He added, "It's made us question ourselves about what more we can do to help tackle racism - and drive inclusion within our organisation and in society as a whole.

Recent BBC productions made by ethnic minority creatives and featuring actors from BAME backgrounds include Michaela Coel's 12-part drama, I May Destroy You. As well as, Sitting In Limbo, a TV drama based on Anthony Bryan's experience of the Windrush scandal.

The invest will support diversity and inclusion across all genres of TV, including Children's, Education and Current Affairs.

The BBC has declared it as "the biggest financial investment to on-air inclusion in the industry", arguing that "the media industry is not changing fast enough".

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