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Sandford St Martin Trust suggestion for an enhanced 4th public purpose for the BBC
Last month when the government published its white paper on BBC charter renewal, John Whittingdale told MPs that the BBC will be required cement on- and off-screen diversity measures so as to better represent the UK's different ethnicities and communities and that this commitment should be enshrined in the BBC's public purposes.
Sandford St Martin trustees agree but think that true diversity must also include religious diversity and so propose the following amendment to the government's 4th public purpose for the BBC:
"The BBC should reflect the diversity of the UK both in its content and as an organisation. In doing so, the BBC should accurately and authentically represent and portray the lives of the people in the UK today, and raise awareness of the different cultures, different faiths and alternative viewpoints that make up its society with the aim of building a better understanding of what drives and motivates people and their communities."