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During and interview with BBC Radio 4 on Friday (May 16), Dawn French, also a comedian and actress, revealed that her house was nearly burnt down in a racist arson attack as the couple slept.
The 56-year-old said: “It was massively shocking to me.
The actor and comedian argued that broadcast watchdog Ofcom must set minimum standards for black, Asian, and minority ethnic diversity behind the camera.
Addressing a panel in Westminster, called The urgency of representation in UK media, Henry said the number of BAME people behind the scenes is at “crisis level” and urged Ofcom to “do something about it”.
He said: “Every single broadcaster has its own definition of diversity.
However, the actor argued this estimated 9% only comprises people on BBC contracts, whereas about half the broadcaster’s programmes are made by independent companies, so the true number of BAME BBC programme makers is unknown.As he took to the stage, he said: "I believe in increasing diversity in TV so that we truly reflect our fantastic nation."I believe British television is the best in the world. It means so much."Previous recipients of the award include TV executive Jane Tranter, documentary film-maker Paul Watson, screenwriter Paul Greengrass and TV producer and writer Jeff Pope.Dudley-born Sir Lenny is one of the founding members of Comic Relief, which since starting has raised more than £1billion through various campaigns.Henry said: “While the BBC’s official figures say 14.5% of their workforce is BAME the number of people actually responsible for making the programmes I watch is probably closer to 1.5%.” He added: “Diversity is not a luxury, it is essential.
This is a fight about who is and who isn’t considered British. Our voices matter, our stories matter, our lives matter.” The BBC is also part of an initiative called Project Diamond that was launched in August 2016 to monitor on and off screen diversity.
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