THE BBC is to set a target for recruiting more working class employees as part of a diversity shake-up under its new director general. Bosses wants staff to declare their social background following criticism the Corporation is stuffed with posh people who went to private school. They will be quizzed on their education, if they were eligible for free school meals and what jobs their parents had when they were growing up. The results will be used to set a “meaningful target”, which aims to give more people from working class backgrounds opportunities within the BBC. Figures from the BBC's most recent annual report showed that – of staff who responded – 61 per cent came from a family where the main breadwinner was a professional or senior manager. Just 26 per cent had manual workers as parents. I firmly believe that at this time you'll rarely hear or see anyone like me on BBC TV or network radio. This has to change. Mike Sweeney, BBC Radio Manchester The broadcaster has been accused of employing staff from the same social backgrounds, resulting in an out-of-touch workforce obsessed with metropolitan issues. One radio presenter, who said he worked in the “real… Read full this story
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