According to the Guardian, Sir Lenny Henry has branded the BBC as “very, very white” and said it is an “oppressive institution” that needs to change.
The Comic Relief founder added: “I worked at the BBC for 35 years before I had a meeting with anyone who looks like me.”
“The only people like me were cleaning the corridors, and that is not right.”
“You walk into the Beeb and it is very, very white. That is not anybody’s fault. You can be in an oppressive institution and not be an oppressor.”
Culture secretary John Whittingdale said diversity would be at the very centre of changes made to the BBC when he unveiled his white paper on the future of the broadcaster last week.