Black Labour MP said BBC staff assumed TV director sister was a cleaner

By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor

During a House of Commons debate, Labour MP Chi Onwurah told the house a story about her sister’s treatment at the BBC.

She said: “My brother and sister both worked for the BBC as filmmakers, although they no longer do so. Their experience has informed my views, not always positively.

“On my sister’s first day as a director at the BBC, she was automatically shown to the cleaning room to join the cleaning team.

“It was not what she expected when she was recruited to direct a series.”

The debate was led by David Lammy MP where is was said that the BBc’s diversity record is in “trouble.”

He attacked the BBC for hiring “same old faces, from the same old schools to the same old jobs.”

A BBC spokesman said: “We are making good progress in our work to make the BBC a truly diverse organisation, but there’s more to do and we’re always keen to improve.”

Video courtesy of the Daily Mirror

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