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Paving the Empire RoadBBC Television and West Indian Immigration$
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Darrell M. Newton

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780719081675

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719081675.001.0001

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Contemporary voices from within

Contemporary voices from within

(p.216) 5 Contemporary voices from within
Paving the Empire Road

Darrell M. Newton

Manchester University Press

This chapter highlights the BBC under Director-General Greg Dyke, a leader thought to represent the best chance for diversity within the corporation. Dyke's first meeting with the BBC Black Forum (BBF) organisation, a group of Black and Asian employees seeking diversity within the corporation, highlighted this dilemma as the Director-General attempted to effect change, but with unexpected results. Following Dyke's sudden departure was what one African-Caribbean manager at the BBC called ‘the Great Redundancy’, as many efforts at placing African-Caribbeans before and behind the camera were lost in a wave of budget-related terminations. This chapter also includes recent perspectives on BBC programming that attempt to highlight African-Caribbean issues (with actor/director Treva Etienne, and recent BBC managers Jan Oliver and Cyril Husbands).

Keywords:   Black Forum organisation, African-Caribbeans, the Great Redundancy, budget-related terminations, British Broadcasting Corporation programming

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