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Contemporary voices from within

Darrell M. Newton

in Paving the Empire Road

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780719081675
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702840 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719081675.003.0036
Contemporary voices from within

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This chapter highlights the BBC under Director-General Greg Dyke, a leader thought to represent the best chance for diversity within the corporation. Dyke's first meeting with the BBC Black Forum (BBF) organisation, a group of Black and Asian employees seeking diversity within the corporation, highlighted this dilemma as the Director-General attempted to effect change, but with unexpected results. Following Dyke's sudden departure was what one African-Caribbean manager at the BBC called ‘the Great Redundancy’, as many efforts at placing African-Caribbeans before and behind the camera were lost in a wave of budget-related terminations. This chapter also includes recent perspectives on BBC programming that attempt to highlight African-Caribbean issues (with actor/director Treva Etienne, and recent BBC managers Jan Oliver and Cyril Husbands).

Keywords: Black Forum organisation; African-Caribbeans; the Great Redundancy; budget-related terminations; British Broadcasting Corporation programming

Chapter.  12537 words. 

Subjects: Television

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