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The BBC has announced that women will make up half of the workforce on screen, on air and in leadership roles by 2020.

It says it will “go further than ever before” to represent women, disabled people, ethnic minorities and LGBT people with its new diversity targets.

Currently, 48.8 per cent of its staff are women, and women make up 41.3 per cent of its senior management roles.

The corporation has also pledged to ensure 15 per cent of its staff come from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds by 2020.

Disabled people will make up 8 per cent of its work force, and lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) people will also comprise 8 per cent by 2020.

The targets will apply to all genres, but will not be programme specific.

In a statement on the BBC’s website, Tunde Ogungbesan, head of diversity, inclusion and succession at the BBC, said: “The BBC is a diverse organisation, whichever way you look at it.

“Almost half of our workforce is made up of women and the proportion of our black, Asian and other ethnic minorities in our workforce is at an all-time high.

“But there is more to do and we know the challenge we face so we’ll be building on this strong platform by continuing doing what works.”


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