Dear British Broadcasting Corporation,

I'm interested in better understanding how ethnic diversity operates within BBC Cymru Wales and in particular through its televised output in the sphere of news and current affairs.

Can you please tell me what percentage of television presenters and/or reporters and/or ‘talent’ and/or anchors that currently appear on news and current affairs programmes produced by BBC Cymru Wales for BBC One Wales, BBC Two Wales and S4C are BAME?

Please interpret the range of the word “currently” as being between 1 January 2020 and 25 May 2020.

Yours faithfully,

Louise Brown

FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

Dear Louise Brown

Thank you for your request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, as detailed in your email below. Your request was received on 27 July 2020.  We will deal with your request as promptly as possible, and at the latest within 20 working days. If you have any queries about your request, please contact us at the address below.

The reference number for your request is RFI20201076.

Kind regards,

Information Rights

BBC Freedom of Information
BC2 A4, Broadcast Centre
201 Wood Lane
London W12 7TP

www.bbc.co.uk/foi
Email: [BBC request email]

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Dear Ms Brown,

 

Please find attached our response to your request for information,
reference RFI20201076.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Information Rights, BBC Legal

BC2A4, Broadcast Centre
201 Wood Lane, London W12 7TP

 

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Dear British Broadcasting Corporation,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an Internal Review of British Broadcasting Corporation's handling of my FOI request 'Ethnic diversity within BBC Cymru Wales'.

BBC Cymru Wales are hiding behind the European Convention on Human Rights so not disclose the very obvious fact that their record on employing BAME television presenters and/or reporters and/or ‘talent’ and/or anchors on their news and current affairs programmes, is virtually non-existent.

I know this because I live in Wales and I watch BBC on a daily basis here - and there are precious few (if any) BAME people on our screens. I knew the answer to this FOI before I submitted it. It's the reason why I submitted the FOI in the first place - to make you reveal publicly how bad BBC Cymru Wales are in this respect.

Now, given the fact your refusal confirms just how awful BBC Cymru Wales are at delivering on diversity (by virtue of the fact you don't want to reveal it), I would request an Internal Review of your decision.

Maybe this time, you can stop hiding behind the ECHR and answer this FOI truthfully and openly and confirm, what we in Wales, can already see with our own eyes.

I look forward to full disclosure on this matter without further delay.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/e...

Yours faithfully,

Louise Brown

FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

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Dear Ms Brown,

 

Thank you for your email. As stated in our response, the BBC does not
offer an internal review when the information requested is not covered by
the Act. However, if you disagree with our decision you can appeal to the
Information Commissioner using the following contact details: Information
Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9
5AF, tel: 0303 123 1113 or see [1]http://www.ico.org.uk.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Information Rights, BBC Legal

BC2A4, Broadcast Centre
201 Wood Lane, London W12 7TP

 

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