BBC's 'BAME only' job ad sparks controversy

BBC's 'BAME only' job ad sparks controversy

A row over a job ad asking for BBC interns of only black, Asian and non-white ethnic backgrounds has sparked debate, with the BBC recruiter who posted the ad defending the program.

Creative Access offers a range of paid internships at media organisations but clearly states that "all roles advertised through Creative Access are only open to UK nationals from a black, Asian or non-white ethnic minority” – the Express reports.

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  • Stephen Mc
    Stephen Mc@ Des Farthing
    Thu, 12 May 2016 6:35pm BST
    look up discrimination in the dictionary if you're having trouble with the word.
  • Andrew
    Andrew
    Thu, 12 May 2016 11:24am BST
    I have been recruiting for 15 years (internal) and I have always been against this type of campaign. Not because I'm racist - quite the opposite in that I believe we are all equal and therefore should be taken on merit not because of where we are from our what colour our skin is. One specific company I worked for KPI'd their recruiters to have a 50/50 shortlist split of male and female applicants for every vacancy, even if it meant a stronger candidate was left out. To me this is bureaucracy gone mad! I resigned from that company.
  • Sir
    Sir@ MRC
    Wed, 11 May 2016 11:46pm BST
    Eloquently put MRC.
  • JE
    JE
    Wed, 11 May 2016 3:57pm BST
    I tend to agree with MRC. The evidence points to a lack social mobility and access to opportunities not being restricted to groups one would consider ethic minorities; rather, poor white children (especially males) are often on the receiving end of the worst deal in society. rather than create a perception of more inequality (which I believe this programme does) why doesn't the BBC focus on the wider issue of access to opportunities from a cross section of the population (no matter ethnic background) with the only criteria being evidence of comparatively lower level economic background...
  • Rebecca
    Rebecca
    Wed, 11 May 2016 3:56pm BST
    Creative Access (& the BBC) seem to have missed the difference between positive encouragement (legal) and positive discrimination (illegal, even if well-intentioned).

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