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Lights, camera, friction

The glamorous world of TV is in the news for all the wrong reasons, what with an alleged hate campaign against a BBC News 24 presenter and an ITV anchor suing the broadcaster for race and age discrimination.

Yesterday’s Sunday Mirror brought us the story of Tasmin Lucia Khan (pictured above), whose Wikipedia entry has had “vile slurs” added by a BBC work colleague.

Today, several news sources report that ITV West Country presenter Lisa Aziz is taking her employers to an employment tribunal.

Groundbreaking: Aziz

Aziz was the first Asian newscaster to appear on national terrestrial TV, so it’s particularly disturbing that she should be in this situation.

While both cases are yet to be resolved, the stories seek to highlight the wider issue of fairness and equality in the broadcast media.

We need to ensure that we not only have black and Asian presenters in front of the camera, but also representation at the highest management levels.

Only then will TV gain an institutional culture that has a zero tolerance of discrimination, and truly promotes on talent alone.

By Lester Holloway

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