Top journalists in the BBC news division are being required to attend “respect at work” training courses in a corporation crackdown on bullying and harassment, the Times reports.
Presenters and senior producers will have to participate in an internal course, intended to make BBC staff more aware of LGBT colleagues and those from diverse backgrounds, all part of making overall improvements to improve workplace culture.
The Times reports 508 formal cases of bullying and harassment at the BBC since 2013, when the broadcaster conducted a sweeping inquiry after the scandal of veteran presenter Jimmy Savile’s decades of abuse.
More recently, there has been a lack of confidence among BBC employees that any action would be taken if bullying concerns were raised. The Times reports the results of this year’s staff survey indicated that up to 40% of staff disagreed that their concerns would be addressed.
A BBC spokesman said: “The BBC is a modern and inclusive organisation and training courses such as these have run for a number of years.”
Monica has a BA in Journalism and English from the University of Massachusetts and an MS in Journalism and Communications from Quinnipiac University. Monica has worked as a journalist for over 20 years covering all things entertainment. She has covered everything from San Diego Comic-Con, The SAG Awards, Academy Awards, and more. Monica has been published in Variety, Swagger Magazine, Emmy Magazine, CNN, AP, Hidden Remote, and more. For the past 10 years, she has added PR and marketing to her list of talents as the president of Prime Entertainment Publicity, LLC. Monica is ready for anything and is proudly obsessed with pop culture.
Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.