As is traditional over the festive period, Radio 4's Today show is having a series of guest editors.
Henry decided to make ethnic diversity the theme of today's show.
According to the programme's running order:
Lenny Henry has asked that this morning's edition of the Today Programme be presented entirely by black and ethnic minority staff and all of his items have exclusively featured black and minority ethnic contributors. He believes there is not enough ethnic diversity on television and the media, and that positive discrimination is needed to redress this balance.
Among other features, there was:
– The culture secretary, Sajid Javid, talking about diversity in the media.
– Diane Abbott talking about becoming one of Britain's first black MPs.
– An interview with Savile Row's first black tailor.
– A round-table discussion about the black literary canon.
And sure enough, people were soon complaining...
...saying Henry was a racist...
...and saying people from black and ethnic minority backgrounds don't even want to work in the media...
...and saying Henry was a racist again...
...and trying to do satire...
...throughout the show's duration.
Evidently the answer to the question below is, in their view, "yes".
That said, there were plenty of people who liked the show.
I liked it – it was nice to have some diversity on the show for a change.I hated it – it's wrong to choose guests and presenters by the colour of their skin.I didn't listen to it but it sounds terrible.I didn't listen to it but it sounds great.LOL at people listening to Radio 4 in 2014.
Some People Are Upset There Weren't Any White Presenters On Radio 4's "Today" Programme
vote votesI liked it – it was nice to have some diversity on the show for a change.
vote votesI hated it – it's wrong to choose guests and presenters by the colour of their skin.
vote votesI didn't listen to it but it sounds terrible.
vote votesI didn't listen to it but it sounds great.
vote votesLOL at people listening to Radio 4 in 2014.
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