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Majority of BBC’s top earning talent are white, ethnicity breakdown shows


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New details revealed by the BBC in its annual report show that there are 11 people earning more than £150,000 who are non-white.

This means that, of the 96 names on the list of those who earn more than £150,000, 88.5% are white.

BBC Director General Tony Hall said that the corporation needed to “achieve the right balance when it comes to BAME (black, Asian and minority ethnic) talent”.

Moira Stuart
Moira Stuart (Yui Mok/PA)

BAME staff represent 10.3% of BBC leadership and 14.5% of all staff, with a 15% target set for both categories by 2020.

Speaking at a press conference to launch the annual report, Lord Hall said: “We have a… tough target, 15% by 2020.

“And, again that’s having an impact, with nearly 20% of the leading talent we’ve hired or promoted in the last few years from BAME backgrounds.”

Tameka Empson
Tameka Empson (Matt Crossick/PA)

Here is a breakdown of the 96 names by ethnicity:

- 11 people earning more than £150,000 are non-white. 10 are from BAME backgrounds, and one is mixed-race.

- The 10 people of BAME background are newsreaders George Alagiah and Moira Stuart, BBC economic editor Kamal Ahmed, EastEnders actors Tameka Empson and Diane Parish, Today programme presenter Mishal Husain, BBC Breakfast presenter Naga Munchetty, DJ Trevor Nelson, political correspondent John Pienaar, and Holby City actor Hugh Quarshie.

- The one person of mixed-race background is the newsreader and presenter Jason Mohammad.

- The proportion of the 96 names who are non-white is 11.5%. By contrast, 14.5% of the BBC’s total workforce are non-white.

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