Report criticizes BBC on lesbian, gay, bisexual stereotyping

BBCDoes the BBC usually draw this much criticism? It is a serious question, as I never really paid that much attention to it until I started working here. It seems like everyday now there is some new report that is critical of how the British broadcaster does things.

Today's black mark comes in the form of a report that criticizes how the BBC represents lesbian, gay and bisexual people during its broadcasts. The report, which was commissioned by the BBC, said that LGB people are "still relatively invisible" across BBC platforms, "especially lesbian women and bisexual people". In addition, the BBC "still needs to reflect the diversity of LGB people and to avoid stereotypes."

The report is the result of two years of research. It stated that the BBC should include more lesbian, gay and bisexual people across its channels and programming, as well as children's shows and sports.

During the investigation, organizers met with LGB organizations and reps to get an understanding of their opinions. This study came on the heels of a 2010 study done by the BBC.

The BBC's acting director general Tim Davie said that, "The BBC has a fundamental obligation to serve all its audiences. In fact, it's one of the BBC's public purposes to reflect the diversity of UK life. I'm proud to have led this work for three years, and this review underlines our commitment and sets a direction for the work to continue."


- BBC one

Written by: Hamatosan
Dec 14th, 2012, 7:18 am


Message Posted On Apr 9th, 2013, 3:59 am
No more gay and lesbian propaganda please. Time to turn off the BBC if the coterie that are mis-using public money is not removed.

Message Posted On Dec 15th, 2012, 1:47 pm
Oh, also: more lesbians, please! (And thanks for the choice image!)

Message Posted On Dec 15th, 2012, 1:44 pm
Remember that the BBC is the best public broadcaster in the world (the 12-hour-worth-of-military-spending PBS is a farce, by comparison), and even with the pronounced deterioration in quality over the last decade, and the endless (and often bizarre) scandals of late, it is absolutely unmatched for science and nature and society -related television (of the highest order). And it has decent dramas and comedies, as well. *** From this comes some hubris and complacency, yes, but also: very powerful for-profit motivated forces, would love to privatize it, so that they can make money from it. Or, at the very least, wish for it to wither and die, so that there is no counter-example to private broadcasters (as an actual peer) - with the CBC (Canada) and ABC (Australia) generally too small to match these, and with PBS, again, intentionally de-funded so that US inhabitants (especially children) do not stray from the indoctrination of narcissistic selfishness (even as the mostly empty-shell that it is, the more selfish of US political elites still sought its dissolution recently, which is quite telling).
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