Half recruits on BBC journalism trainee scheme from ethnic minorities, claims report

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Almost half of the places on the BBC’s journalism training scheme in the last three years have gone to candidates from ethnic minorities, a report has claimed.

A Freedom of Information request by the Daily Telegraph discovered that out of the 51 places made available since 2007 under the scheme, 24 (47 per cent) have gone to candidates from ethnic minorities.

‘The BBC also disclosed that 33 of the successful entrants to the scheme were female (64 per cent) and that of these, 16 were non-white,’the Telegraph reported.

‘Over the first three years of the scheme, which offers up to a year of on-the-job training as well as tuition and assessment – 5,816 people had applied for a place.”

Former director general Greg Dyke famously described the BBC as being “hideously white” during an interview in 2001 and the BBC has since set targets of recruiting at least 12 per cent of staff from ethnic minorities, a goal which it has nearly reached.

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