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Wednesday 29 Oct 2014

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BBC announces public consultation into diversity strategy

The BBC today launches a public and staff consultation to ask audiences and employees their opinions and perceptions about its ongoing diversity work.

The consultation will be carried out by Perceptor Solutions on behalf of the BBC and runs for eight weeks until Friday 7 January. Responses will help to formulate key equality and diversity objectives and feed into the BBC's Diversity Strategy, to be published in April 2011. Every division of the BBC will then be responsible for taking forward specific actions to meet these priorities.

Amanda Rice, the BBC's Head of Diversity, said: "For the BBC, diversity is about having the most talented staff from the broadest range of backgrounds and making original programmes which reflect the diversity of UK audiences. We want to consult with you on the BBC's ambitions for diversity and to ask you what you think of our plans."

The Public Sector Equality Duty contained within the Equality Act 2010 emphasises the importance of public bodies consulting with service users around their plans to advance equality within their organisation. This broad diversity consultation builds on a number of studies the BBC has carried out over the past two years to better understand the diversity of UK audiences. These include the portrayal of lesbian, gay and bisexual people, disabled people and people in the nations and English regions.

You can take part in the consultation here.

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