One in six of all on-screen BBC roles must go to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender or disabled people by 2020, the corporation’s new diversity targets state.
In a bid to deter criticism that it has been failing to reflect its audience, the BBC has pledged that LGBT and disabled people will each make up eight per cent of all on-air and on-screen roles.
8% for LGBT seems a bit high to be honest but then perhaps the incidence among luvvies is higher than it is in the general population. But a much more interesting question is whether being good at journalism or not correlates with the way that you like to have sex (or, perhaps, how you see your own gender inside your own head).
I can’t imagine that Clare Balding would be any less irritating if she were shagging a man and I can’t see that Julie Burchill’s writing became any less divine or even different as she switched the genders she slept with.
Just what is it about how people deploy their gonads which makes them better or worse at reading the news? That back in the day a publicly known gay boy wouldn’t be allowed to do it was indeed discrimination of a kind that we’re thankfully free of now. But it’s more than a bit odd to insist that we must now select on the basis that some must be publicly known gay boys.