For some time it has been recognised that discrimination is a bad thing. Today new laws come into force in Northern Ireland making it illegal to discriminate in the provision of services. Obviously it is unfair for the BBC to continue discriminating. For example, messageboards are expected to be fair-minded in terms of diversity and inclusiveness. TV presenters shouldn't make assumptions as to a person's sexuality. 'Agony-aunt' advice should be non-discrimanatory.
Effective policies combined with peoples vigilance should help minimise the occurrence of discrimination and provide for BBC prompt and effective corrective action should this happen.
The BBC Diversity Centre is there to check on diversity and discrimination issues, as well as employment equality issues, for the whole Corporation. It can be contacted at diversity dot centre at bbc dot co dot uk
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