BBC Accused of Breaching Equality Act

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The BBC has been accused of breaching the Equality Act and racial discrimination after advertising a role which prohibited white applicants.

The Equality Act requires that employers can only favour minority applicants if they are equal in calibre to other applicants. The BBC said:

“This is a training and development programme designed to address an under-representation of people from ethnic minority backgrounds in script editing roles”.

The BBC admitted that the training roles would be paid £25,205 and confirmed that white applicants would not be considered.