BBC Staff Take ‘Unconscious Bias’ Course to Encourage More Diverse Recruitment

Anita Singh, Telegraph (London), April 28, 2014

Senior BBC staff have taken a course in “unconscious bias” in a bid to stop them recruiting new employees “in their own image”, the director of news has disclosed.

James Harding, who joined the BBC last year, said his staff had been given training to improve the diversity of new recruits, with targets to increase the representation of ethnic minorities.

In a speech to staff at New Broadcasting House yesterday, he disclosed the senior recruiting board were so concerned about continuing to employ staff with similar backgrounds that they had each take a course in “unconscious bias”.

They are already offered video training on diversity issues, with online information to teach them how to challenge stereotypes and preconceptions about race.

The speech follows findings from the BBC Trust, published yesterday (Mon), which order BBC management to increase the number of ethnic minority faces in news and current affairs, both on screen and behind the camera.

Mr Harding said: “If we really are determined to make the BBC more representative of the audiences it serves, then we have to intervene.

“There is no single fix that is either practical or fair. Instead, we have to set in motion a great many things which will, together, add up to a fundamental change.”

He added: “Across News, we worry that we have a tendency to recruit in our own image, so all members of the News Group Board have taken a course in unconscious bias.”

According to the BBC Trust, research has shown that some viewers and listeners find BBC News too “distant” and “formal” in tone, and failing “to reflect the diversity of life in the UK today”.

The Trust said: “In part, this audience need could be addressed by BBC News and Current Affairs looking, sound and, more importantly, being as diverse as the audience it serves.

“This is not a new challenge and it is one recognised by the entire industry, but the Trust believes the BBC must take a leadership role for the sector as a whole.

“Audiences need to recognise their own lives, perspectives and concerns duly reflected in the BBC’s programmes. BBC News needs to be heard as having a multiplicity of voices, with its own authority grounded in its experience and understanding of the many interests, cultures and communities that make up the UK.”

The BBC has already been publicly challenged to improve the representation of ethnic minority by actors including Lenny Henry.

The Trust has now given management a year to produce “concrete proposals from the BBC to achieve this, and further progress in terms of both gender and ethnicity”.

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  • MekongDelta69

    The only people who are truly ‘unconscious are leftists.

  • Oil Can Harry

    “Unconscious bias training” = Vietnamese re-education camps

  • TruthBeTold

    Good heavens, is the guilt and self-flagellation never going to end? Do these people cry themselves to sleep at night? Do they wake up in a cold sweat fearing they harbor unconscious ‘racist’ views? “Am I…a racist?”

    I have no idea how these people think.

  • IstvanIN

    I was looking forward to a BBC special about the relationship between, and necessity of, the moon and the earth. The British “scientist” narrating the show was African. I didn’t watch.

    • DaveMed

      “British.”

      🙂

    • Unperson

      You mean like the new host of the rebooted “Cosmos” TV series, Neil deGrasse Tyson?

      Carl Sagan he ain’t.

      • IstvanIN

        I actually liked him as the host of PBS’s NOVA. I tried to watch Cosmos but couldn’t because, while good as a host, he is as boring as Sagan was as a narrator.

  • Huffington Post’s DC bureau of writers and reporters:

    • DaveMed

      It’s not often that we get such a clear glimpse at our enemy.

      The damage that has been (and will continue to be) inflicted by that group of grinning traitors is incalculable.

      • Lagerstrom

        One could say, “forgive them Lord, they know not what they do”, but they do know, don’t they.

    • c684570

      Reminds me of Jon Stewart’s staff at the 2004 Emmy’s.

      • Urbane Neanderthal

        12 Jews and 2 gentiles is quite diverse by Hollywood standards.

    • Tim_in_Indiana

      I’d be embarrassed if I were a leftist to show my hypocrisy in that way. Unfortunately, we live in an era when hypocrisy on race is not only forgiven, it’s actually rewarded!

    • So CAL Snowman

      That has to be the softest group of White people in existence. A mexican teenager with a spork could single handedly take on that entire group of pathetic quislings.

      • Ahnenerbe

        Vidkun Quisling was a good Norwegian, these people are pathetic lemmings

    • AndrewInterrupted

      Lots of white-skinned crocodiles and all their white guilt to share.

      ‘Do as we say, not as we do’.

  • DaveMed

    I feel like these stories are becoming more ubiquitous.

    I wasn’t nearly as racially-aware a couple of years ago, but it sure seems like every other day we now have headlines about race and “diversity.”

    Well, as middle-class Europeans and European-Americans come to realize the disdain with which they are regarded by the media, they will begin to abandon these purveyors of anti-White trash.

    I’m not the most optimistic person when it comes to considering the future of our movement, but it seems to me that the other side is pushing too hard, and moving too quickly. People are noticing.

    • c684570

      Funny you say that…as things become more diverse, the people who want diversity will abandon it. It’s like it’s a fantasy for people who live nowhere near it.

      • saxonsun

        Let me substitute the word “nightmare” for “fantasy.”

        • Nonhumans

          Thats possible, but I think the idea that he is trying to convey is that these white diversitards who sing the praises of diversity, only do so until the diversity is on their doorsteps.
          .
          For these morons, especially the politicians, treason is their crime, and hopefully one day most of these traitors will receive their traitors punishment.
          .
          Befuddling that the vast majority of people will support something such as turd world immigration and other libtarded policies, which are easily seen as destructive to national interests when simply viewed through the lense of common sense.
          .
          Truth and reality are to libtards what garlic and wooden stakes are to vampires. I cant wait for their little fantasy world to implode. Im locked and loaded and very ready.

  • Tim_in_Indiana

    I don’t see what the problem is. Hey, I’ve got an idea: Why don’t they just fire all of their current staff tomorrow and hire all non-whites! Problem solved!

    If everybody truly loved “diversity” as much as they claim they do, they could open the floodgates immediately, just like how whites in the US could move to Detroit any time they wanted and have all the diversity their little hearts desired,

    I can see why the Brits are getting more and more fed up with the BBC.

  • JSS

    “Senior BBC staff have taken a course in “unconscious bias” in a bid to stop them recruiting new employees “in their own image”, the director of news has disclosed”

    In other words the BBC staff has no interest in the native people of the U.K. and are propagandist working on behalf of those wish to see White genocide taken to it’s logical conclusion. This isn’t simply effeminate self flagellation, this is happening all over the Western world and it has a purpose.

    “There is no single fix that is either practical or fair. Instead, we have to set in motion a great many things which will, together, add up to a fundamental change.”

    Indeed, White genocide has many components but the BBC will do it’s part.

    “Audiences need to recognise their own lives, perspectives and concerns duly reflected in the BBC’s programmes. BBC News needs to be heard as having a multiplicity of voices, with its own authority grounded in its experience and understanding of the many interests, cultures and communities that make up the UK.”

    As long as those interest don’t line up with those of the native Brits. No healthy nation has “many cultures, communities and interest”. The MSM need be recognized as the greatest tool the enemy has against us. Even more so then the police and justice system. We will need lots of rope and lamp posts in the future.

  • dd121

    The Huff Puff staff was hired on merit?

  • BBC might as well hang out a sign, “White persons need not apply.”

    When will the British rise up in revolt and take back their hard won country. I’d rather see the swastika flying over England than see what’s happened to the the once fair land of my ancestors. England fought the wrong enemy and her brave lads lying in graves on foreign soil must be turning over in them.

    • IstvanIN

      They won’t. I always feel a twinge of sadness at pictures of Prince George. His generation of Brits, or at least the English, will be a persecuted minority in the land where they are the aboriginal population. If he does take his rightful place on the throne it will only be because he turns out to be a warrior king.

      • 1stworlder

        indigenous population is a better word for it.

  • So CAL Snowman

    So non – Whites must be hired over Whites to assuage the feelings of the diversity hordes? And liberals still do not understand why diversity is an anti- White sledge hammer.

  • jim b

    So…all of the Africans and Arab names I hear on the BBC daily aren’t enough? Our local NPR affiliate goes to the BBC at 10:00 most nights. They run 4 straight hours of programming from BBC Africa knowing full well they are being picked up in the US at that time. They are appalling enough already.

  • Ahnenerbe

    South Africa, coming to a White country near you

  • Reverend Bacon

    The NY Times, once a paragon of literacy and journalism, now has diversity instead. Their paper is filled with typos, bad writing, and shoddy journalism.

    The BBC is, or was, known for its broadcasters with perfect diction and elocution. They all spoke the Queen’s English and seemed erudite. Let’s see if that lasts under “diversity.” Be careful what you wish for, BBC.

  • So, the BBC has decided to make itself as irrelevant as the major American news outlets have become. How nice!

    Go for it, guys.

    • Lagerstrom

      Yes indeed, turn it off native Brits!

  • Jesse

    That the BBC would be at all concerned with “bias” seems a joke. The commentators are somewhere to the left of Marx, it seems most of the time. Lucy Calloway (who seems to avoid explicitly political topics) appears to have the gumption to be in touch with realism.

    Pollard (I keep referring to him as “Jonathan” but that’s not his…given name ) seems to seethe with a hatred of the US and is gooey about all manner of endless tolerance everywhere other than toward the elements of Western civilization. Garret Mitchell is just a pink joke, so to say. Frankly, once one sees Reith’s once great BBC as the comedy it has degenerated into, one wishes to retain it “as is” just as a reminder of where we are.

  • none of your business

    This kind of thing has been rampant in American education, media and goverment since 1965. So what else is new?