A new diversity drive by BBC Director General Tim Davie aims for 95 per cent of staff to receive unconscious bias training and for at least half of gay employees to be out and proud. Davie also wants a 50-50 split of male and female staff.
The corporation wants at least 20 per cent of staff to be BAME (Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic) and 12 per cent to be disabled. The unconscious bias training will be mandatory.
When Davie introduced himself to BBC staff last Autumn, he said his aim was for half the workforce to be female and at least one fifth to be BAME. He said:
“We must, from top to bottom, represent the audiences we serve. We have made some big improvements, but we want and need to go further. This plan will ensure we are a modern, progressive, welcoming organisation where our staff are supported to deliver outstanding creative work and background is no barrier.”
The BBC has form here. Three years ago, Tunde Ogungbesan, then head of Diversity at the Beeb, said the corporation “needed more lesbians.” He said at the time that the BBC “was on a journey” towards diversity and inclusivity. But more than 11 per cent of the corporation’s staff at the time, identified as LGBTQ, compared to 2 per cent in the population. That’s over-representation.
What’s going on then? I believe that it’s an exercise in social-engineering. The very first director-general of the BBC, John Reith, famously said that the BBC’s role was to Educate, Entertain and Inform. He must be turning in his grave. The 21st century BBC aims to shape the thought processes of the nation through psychological manipulation.
It recently produced an educational film for children which claimed that there are over 100 genders to choose from. This would be hilarious if it wasn’t so dangerous. Trigger warnings are routinely slapped on classic 70’s and 80’s sitcoms, lest viewers be offended by exposure to antiquated stereotypes. A spokesman said:
“We want classic shows and series on BBC iPlayer. Attitudes and language change over time and our approach, just like other streaming services, is to tell viewers when a show includes something that may be offensive, inappropriate or outdated and because some people aren’t offended, it doesn’t mean that others aren’t.”
A YouGov poll in January found that only 4 per cent of respondents felt that the BBC represented their values. Calls to defund the corporation are growing louder. It doesn’t care. It recently announced a plan to spend over £100 million of your money to promote “on-air inclusivity” whatever that means.
I will not pay any media organisation to bombard me with propaganda designed to gaslight me into accepting that I am racist, homophobic misogynistic and privileged because of my skin tone. The BBC should be broken up, or changed to a subscription service and forced to compete with Netflix and Amazon. Its social-engineering agenda wouldn’t survive a month in the real world.