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This chapter highlights the BBC under Director-General Greg Dyke, a leader thought to represent the best chance for diversity within the corporation. Dyke's first meeting with the BBC Black Forum (BBF) organisation, a group of Black and Asian employees seeking diversity within the corporation, highlighted this dilemma as the Director-General attempted to effect change, but with unexpected results. Following Dyke's sudden departure was what one African-Caribbean manager at the BBC called ‘the Great Redundancy’, as many efforts at placing African-Caribbeans before and behind the camera were lost in a wave of budget-related terminations. This chapter also includes recent perspectives on BBC programming that attempt to highlight African-Caribbean issues (with actor/director Treva Etienne, and recent BBC managers Jan Oliver and Cyril Husbands). Black Forum organisation; African-Caribbeans; the Great Redundancy; budget-related terminations; British Broadcasting Corporation programming

Paving the empire road

BBC television and Black Britons


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