An increase in systemic racism has forced most talented black people out of the industry as they are ignored and worn down by their experiences.
Despite their talents, people from black, Asian, and minority ethnic backgrounds (BAME) in the UK have been failing to get equal opportunities in executive and behind-camera roles, a historian said.
David Olusoga, a prominent broadcaster and historian suggested that racism in British TV has led to “lost generation” of black talent.
Recently, BBC justified using the N-word on air which has “genuinely damaged faith in BBC among many black people” and if black people had senior roles in newsrooms this wouldn`t have happened, Olusoga said.
Leaders of the industry have been criticised for disregarding black people and denying them opportunities to take more senior roles, which has affected them and caused most of them to quit.
The historian said his experiences at the beginning of his television career left him feeling “isolated and disempowered. “I’ve come close to leaving this industry on several occasions. And I know many black and brown people who have similar stories to tell”, he said.
He continued: “They left because even when they got work, their voices were too often not listened to; their stories too often were not of interest to the tastemakers and programme pickers who, over the same period, grew ever more powerful within the structure of TV. They’re not here now because we didn’t have the will to keep them and – worn out by it all – they gave up on our industry.”
If systemic racism in the UK continues, most people from BAME backgrounds will be forced out of the industry hence programmes will also continue to be more and more unrepresentative.