BBC publishes report on depiction of LGB in the media

Besi Besemar December 17, 2012

The BBC has published a new snapshot of the views of audiences and experts on the portrayal of lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) people in UK programming, which will provide a robust benchmark to track future changes.

Split in two parts, the report includes a survey of the opinions of around 3,500 people, including more than 500 people who identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual (LGB), as well as an in-depth consultation of individuals and members of expert organisations including Stonewall, actors’ union Equity and the Lesbian and Gay Foundation.

The report found that whilst the vast majority of audiences are comfortable for the depiction of LGB people within UK media, many LGB people felt they were still-under-represented by all broadcasts, not just the BBC. Experts urged for more mainstream inclusion in news and current affairs, and more creative and realistic depictions in factual and drama television.

Acting director general Tim Davie, acting BBC director general, chair of the BBC Working Group, which commissioned the review, said:

“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.”

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