“It’s great to have these big groundbreaking shows with these key characters, but it’s about making sure that everything around them, their surroundings, their culture and the set are completely reflective,” she added, speaking about the Monday Diversity and inclusion strategy of the BBC in the digital area MIPTV conference. “It will be very much about how we can ensure that this program is authentic in terms of storytelling.”
Wayland is the head of the BBC’s creative diversity department, which was founded in 2019.
“The BBC is determined to continue investing in diversity and the recent BBC One dramas ‘I Can Destroy You’ and ‘Little Ax’ are evidence of that,” the spokesman said.
In June last year, the broadcaster announced that it would allocate £ 112 million ($ 154 million) over three years to support a wide variety of production. In addition, the company has committed to employing a fifth of its employees off-screen for future television assignments of various backgrounds.
In December, the BBC unveiled a number of new diversity initiatives, including a content panel for the disabled and further investments in diverse talent.
CNN has approached Idris Elba representatives and “Luther” writer Neil Cross for comment.
For some, the reference to Elba as “too street” was the code for “too black”. Horowitz then apologized for his choice of words.