More Than Words: What The BBC-Naga Munchetty Case Teaches About Diversity And Inclusion At Work

Once again, when it comes to diversity, the BBC is the source of the news. The reaction to a viewer’s complaint targeted at Naga Munchetty, leading to the corporation’s executive complaints unit (ECU) upholding the complaint, led to an outcry on social media. Days later, the director-general of the BBC Lord Hall reversed the decisions of the ECU.

The complaint took issues with Munchetty’s reaction to President Donald Trump’s controversial “go back” remarks targeting Democratic congresswomen. During a live segment of the BBC Breakfast show in July, Munchetty reflected on the significance of that expression in an exchange with her co-presenter Dan Walker. “Every time I have been told, as a woman of colour, to go back to where I came from, that was embedded in racism,” she said, before adding: “Anyway I’m not here to give my opinion.”

The ECU initially ruled her remarks went “beyond” what the corporation’s editorial guidelines allowed—but Lord Hall then reviewed and reversed the decision following protests from MPs, journalists and social media users who tweeted their support to the broadcaster with the hashtag #IStandWithNaga.

 

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