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Chosen by the BBC for being Asian?

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‘I DID work experience at the BBC – now I want to defund it.’ ‘Obsessed with chasing the “youth vote”, it seems to have forgotten that its responsibility is to represent the majority.’These are the words of Ramsha Khan that head her article in the Telegraph yesterday in which she explains how the BBC ‘preferenced’ her because of the colour of her skin. She writes:

‘The BBC has got a new boss. Tim Davie, the Corporation’s new Director General has won plaudits for saying that “if you are a journalist who isn’t interested in balance, if you can’t leave your politics at the newsroom door, you have no place here”. More recently, he has threatened to suspend staff Twitter accounts if they are not impartial enough. All well and good, but what does impartiality in this organisation actually mean?

‘It’s something I asked myself when I did work experience at both BBC Manchester and BBC London last year.

‘I was excited about getting an insight into a world-renowned institution which has delivered historic interviews and astonishing journalism. I had hoped that I would cultivate interesting experiences which would help me become the ethical political observer I aspire to be. However, as a non-white woman of Asian heritage, it quickly became apparent that I was being used to help fulfil the vapid agenda of the Corporation’s woke, “progressive” ideology.

‘I first noticed that something was a little off when I was asked to be a guest on a radio show on BBC Radio Manchester. I naively presumed I was invited because they believed I would have something insightful to add.

‘It was a blow when a producer on the show, seeing me, casually said “Oh, we’ve hit the diversity quota today.” The panel consisted of five of us, all ethnic minorities. At that instant it seemed as if I had been invited purely based on my ethnicity. I felt as if I was being defined by my race and cultural background rather than as a person.

‘From there, it was a short hop to feeling as if I was expected to have “correct” opinions on certain issues. The fact that I might not view the world through socially progressive biases – that, as a conservative-leaning person I might support Brexit, for example – seemed not to have occurred to them.

‘As a young person with aspirations to become a journalist, my experiences at the BBC were incredibly disappointing. Far from being somewhere where the focus was on delivering hard-hitting news and searching analysis, it felt like a place with a fixation on diversity agendas at the expense of fulfilling its brief.

‘The truth is that the BBC is a well-heeled player (with a guaranteed income of £5billion a year) in the culture wars gripping the nation. Obsessed with chasing the “youth vote”, it seems to have forgotten that it is its moral responsibility to represent the majority of the people in this country. Instead, it seeks to espouse every minority cause it can lay its hand on, from transgender rights to Black Lives Matter.

‘Yet the supposed commitment to “diversity” in covering these matters is spurious. Only facts and opinions that fit its woke agenda are tolerated. Those who see the world in a different way from its army of Left-leaning employees are shunted to the sidelines.

‘I was invited into the BBC’s gilded palace of political correctness because of the colour of my skin, not because of my insights. If I had been white, I doubt I would ever have been parked in front of a microphone.’

In a conclusion that should be devastating for the BBC she writes: ‘The Defund the BBC campaign is right – it is time to decriminalise non-payment of the licence fee and strip the BBC of its right to tax for watching live TV.’

And her parting shot?

‘I am all for diversity in a big, multi-cultural, multi-ethnic society such as ours. But the BBC’s twisted version of diversity is not worth the licence fee.’

Many of The Conservative Woman‘s readers will be saying ‘hear, hear’ and ‘Amen to that!’

Ramsha Khan’s article was reported in News-watch’s BBC digest here. 

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David Keighleyhttp://news-watch.co.uk
Former BBC news producer, BBC PR executive and head of corporate relations for TV-am. Director of News-watch.

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