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THE BBC Women group has called for “real and urgent” action to end “racism and sexism” at the corporation.
The group, made up of dozens of presenters and producers, said today that the death of black man George Floyd at the hands of police in the United States had affected ethnic-minority staff at the BBC.
A BBC Women statement said that many had been highlighting “insidious racism” for years.
“Fairness is at the heart of the BBC’s mission and BBC Women now demand real and urgent action to end both racism and sexism at work,” the group said.
BBC Women was formed in 2017 after the revelation of a significant disparity in pay between men and women at the corporation provoked a furious response.
Carrie Gracie resigned from her post as China editor after finding out that she earned less than male journalists in similar jobs at the BBC, while in January Samira Ahmed won her sex-discrimination equal-pay claim against the broadcaster.
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