• Ofcom warns of growing ‘cultural disconnect’

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    Telecoms regulator Ofcom has criticised Britain’s broadcasting companies for failing to adequately represent women, disabled and minority groups on television – with the BBC in particular criticised for failing to lead other broadcasters by example.

    Ofcom warns of a ‘growing disconnect’ as older viewers and minority groups feel they aren’t getting their own fair share of TV time, and when they do they’re often portrayed in a negative manner.

    Discussing the issue, chief executive Sharon White said: “The information we have is shocking. There is some woeful progress, especially for senior women, disabled people, and people from a black, Asian and minority ethnic background.”

    White added that while 51% of the UK’s general population is female, just 39% of senior roles at the broadcasters are held by women.

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