Sharon White, the former civil servant, black head of Ofcom, the commercial media regulator which will in future become the court of appeal for complaints about BBC output, has been setting out her new stall in relation to the State broadcaster.
She has told the Financial Times that the Corporation is still not multicultural enough, and is ‘falling short’ in its duty to reflect ‘modern Britain’ and ‘the nation and its communities’ by discriminating against women because there are not enough older women presenters.
The evidence? A survey conducted by Ofcom that found 24 per cent of women viewers thought that major terrestrial broadcasters are not properly representing women over 55 in their programming, while 17 per cent of women over 55 thought they were portrayed negatively on screen (compared to 9 per cent of men in the same age bracket).
Well, golly gosh. What a relief. Ofcom is clearly going to respond to an overwhelming tide of concern to usher in a new, enlightened age on the BBC.
Never mind the daily deluge of anti-Brexit bias, the relentless propaganda about climate alarmism, the frequent pro-immigration sermons, the anti-Christian salvoes and the constant denigration of British culture. There are clearly bigger fish to fry tackling the equality agenda.
News-watch can exclusively reveal that behind the scenes, a Sharon White working party has been hard at work devising the Ofcom strategy to implement these urgent changes. This is a sneak preview of what is likely to be in store for faithful BBC audiences, taking into account the need for ending ‘male domination’, to force more equality and greater diversity.
The new BBC schedules now include:
Match of the Day (new-style): Men’s football, of course, is far too aggressive, encourages Trump–like male chauvinism, and focuses far too much on impossibly-rich male footballers who are too good at what they do. This victimises and traumatises the members of the audience who are not so able, and, of course, offends women. So matches covered in future will be drawn from less-entitled sundry parts of the country, such as the Toolstation Northern Counties East Football League (top clubs Worksop Town, Goole AFC and Rossington Main), followed by highlights from the women’s FA Manchester league (featuring, of course, the Heyside Angels, Northend Ladies and Uppermill Ladies).
Science: Everybody at Ofcom (exactly as at the BBC) knows and accepts that climate change is the biggest threat to the world, ever. Because, in their estimation, this is without doubt an unprecedented planetary emergency, all future BBC science programmes will be focused on this theme. To ensure diversity and equality, they will be presented by Caroline Lucas (female and climate warrior). The new programmes will focus on the heroic efforts of climate change activists to stifle the nasty and unwarranted opposition to their views, to stop production of CO2-belching cars and aircraft, and revert us all as quickly as possible to the new Stone Age.
Religion: A major failure of BBC programming to date, say Ofcom, has been the unwillingness to show that Islamophobia and with it, terrorism, has grown because there is not enough equality in relation to the understanding of the religion of peace. In future, therefore, there will be regular programming from mosques (including those in Northern Ireland to ensure inclusion of regional concerns) featuring imams whose main focus will be to fill this vacuum and tell us all why Western civilisation should end. Here, of course, White and her working parties face a dilemma, because this aspect of presentation might well be somewhat dominated by men. But this is the religion of peace, so a side-report is being prepared to explain why this is not really a problem.
Transgender: Ofcom intelligence says that a failure to recognise the scale and urgency of gender-reassignment pressures is another major national emergency related to the equality agenda. The gender-confused young are being victimised. The BBC will thus add to their current barrage of transgender features with new programmes that show that genital mutilation and drastic intrusive surgery is not a problem, and that the pressures faced by reassignment candidate children are all unavoidably genetic, a simple question of lifestyle choice, and nothing to do with political, parental and societal pressures.
Immigration: Ofcom believes that the British public have shamefully still not understood – in line with incontrovertible expert opinion – that immigration is vital for the economy, is not at all threatening to British culture, or infrastructure, and enriches us all immeasurably. Therefore, in future, there will be even more programming emphasising the benefits of continuing high-volume influxes of peoples from throughout the world, presented as usual in pained, emotive tones by Fergal Keane.
Of course, the ‘equality’ agenda, is never satisfied. Outgoing BBC Director of Radio, Helen Boaden complained loudly in her farewell speech this week that she had endured a career battling unreasonable, scheming, ‘entitled’ BBC men. Bless her, she was paid only £340,000 a year out of the public purse and had to put up with that. Are these men the next on the Ofcom target list? Watch this space.
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