Sunday, November 27, 2016

Plus and minus

The Sunday Times notes a number of BAME leavers at senior level in the BBC this year.

Aaqil Ahmed has left as Head of Religon & Ethics. Tony Phillips, who commissioned The Listening Project, has left Radio 4, and found work in New York. Tamara Howe, formerly Controller of Business for Comedy and Entertainment, has lost out in the Studios/commissioning split at tv, and left. Elonka Soros, until June Editor Diversity On Secondment to the Director-General's Office, has left. Jawad Iqbal, billed as Analysis and Insight Editor in News in 2015, is said to be leaving before the end of the year. Anjula Singh, recently working as Head of Business Change for News (surely a job for life ?), left two months ago. Controller of Languages Liliane Landor left News in June, just as News was working out how to spend £289m of Government money. Marcus Ryder has stepped down from running BBC Scotland's current affairs operations to be Chief International Editor of CCTVNews Digital (China's state broadcaster)

All balanced by the arrival of Martin Bashir.

Interestingly, the BBC says it would take more than 18 hours to work out comings and goings at Senior Management level in terms of ethnicity over the last ten years. A tad hard to believe - the first Greg Dyke diversity targets were set in Spring 2000.

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