Newsnet Scotland: Nervous steps towards better minority representation on TV


By Dr Ima Jackson

EXPERT Voices is a nationwide BBC initiative which aims to get more “BAME” (black, Asian and minority ethnicity) people who are experts in their field into broadcast media, both in front of and behind camera.

Danny Cohen, Director of BBC Television, said: “The BBC is passionate about reflecting the diversity of our audiences. We are committed to putting BAME experts at the heart of the media and to better reflect BAME issues and voices across our programming.” BAME are the outsiders, invited in.

I work with migrants, refugees and BAME communities, am concerned about access and entitlement and so I’d like to see this initiative succeed. I don’t want to be a presenter – I just need these issues to be presented accurately. You don’t get to be on the inside very often, so I was looking forward to taking part.

Yet something made me pause as I pushed the door into the BBC’s elegant glass box on Pacific Quay in Glasgow.

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Picture courtesy of Stuart Beattie