14 December 2012 - 7:54am | posted by | 1 comment

BBC urged to use more lesbian, gay and bisexual children’s presenters

BBC urged to use more lesbian, gay and bisexual children’s presentersBBC urged to use more lesbian, gay and bisexual children’s presenters

A review commissioned by the BBC has concluded that the broadcaster should be doing more to represent lesbian, gay and bisexual people on children’s television.

The study found that the group was still ‘relatively invisible’ on such shows, necessitating more ‘creative’ and ‘bold’ measures to redress the imbalance.

It’s believed that exposing children at an early age to incidental portrayals of minority groups can help to ‘familiarise audiences’ with alternative lifestyles.

Also in the firing line was BBC News which was told it should be ‘more creative and nuanced’ in its presentation.

The study concluded that the BBC, as a public broadcaster, should be a standard bearer for moral issues, noting that around half the population are comfortable with the portrayal of such groups on TV at present, with just 15% stating that they were uncomfortable.

Tim Davie, the BBC’s acting director-general, said: “The BBC has a fundamental obligation to serve all its audiences. In fact, it’s one of the BBC’s public purposes to reflect the diversity of UK life. This review underlines our commitment and sets a direction for the work to continue.”

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14 Dec 2012 - 13:41
scott@traffic's picture

Ok, don't wanna come across as homophobic here (which I'm not) but surely being a good presenter has nothing to do with being gay or lesbian, your simply good at your job full stop, what has being gay got to do with it? Sexuality is a persons own preference and therefore nobody elses business and shouldn't even be considered as a positive or a negative. Are they perhaps implying that they have to look or sound gay too so we all know? (which is just dumb) - if someone is gay they are gay - so what and big deal. Unless of course they are wanting childrens presenters to deliberately look like the Matt Lucas 'only gay in the village' character form Little Britain - Blue Peter would definitely get back on the air again....

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