The BBC’s team of foreign correspondents should come from the same ethnic background as the country they are reporting from, according to the corporation’s new diversity tsar.
Speaking in her first interview in the newly-created role, BBC ‘editorial executive of diversity’, Mary Fitzpatrick, who is consulted on all decisions about television content at the BBC, said the ‘cultural accuracy’ among reporting staff was on her hitlist. She said there were too many white reporters reporting from non-white nations, particularly in Africa.
It probably does help being of a similar ethnic background in getting the story, but it is also unashamedly racist. Where will it end, the Health and Education correspondents required to be qualified Doctors and Teachers? Women presenters banned from reporting on male sports?