Director-general Tony Hall says BBC needs to take action on diversity

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BBC director-general Tony Hall has said that the broadcaster needs to “get on with doing things” to improve diversity within the organisation.

Speaking during the BBC Creative Diversity Dialogue digital conference on inclusion, he added that making improvements on the issue would help the organisation’s creativity.

Lord Hall said: “We just want to get on with doing things and making a change, bring solutions, different ideas and real diversity of thinking because I think diversity of thinking is always the most important thing.

“Out of that I think you have a really strong creative organisation emerging.”

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On Thursday the BBC’s director of creative diversity June Sarpong announced plans aimed at ensuring  diversity is included in its production plans.

A new Creative Diversity Unit will publish a strategy during the summer aimed at helping the broadcaster achieve this.

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He added: “That’s why this feels like the right moment to act to embrace the change we want to see and frankly, to create a movement in our industry.

“We represent so many cultures at the BBC so it feels natural for us to want to take the lead.”

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