12 March, 2008

"BBC comedy exec Lumsden says scripts by black and Asian writers are in the minority"

The Stage:

"BBC comedy executive Lucy Lumsden has fuelled the debate about the lack of black and ethnic minorities working in the industry, claiming the majority of sitcom ideas she receives are “white male-led”.

Speaking to The Stage the controller of comedy commissioning said out of 287 scripts that came to her over a nine-month period, only a “small proportion” came from black and Asian writers.

She said the BBC needed to “keep encouraging” comedy submissions from ethnic groups and urged independent production companies to come forward with more ideas from a cross-section of writers."

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