Does 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."