The BBC is to look at the portrayal of homosexuality and bisexuality in its output by asking viewers to take a survey. The news comes after several years of bad press for the corporation regarding its attitudes towards homosexuality. Last year the BBC caused outraged when it asked readers on the BBC News website to debate whether or not “Homosexuals should face execution”. Jonathan Ross and Chris Moyles have also sparked anger with some over their alleged homophobic remarks.
The BBC is to look at the portrayal of homosexuality and bisexuality in its output by asking viewers to take a survey. The corporation is to look at its representation of gay and bisexuals across its output on television, radio and online. It’s launched a new group which will look at the issues of audiences and portrayals and will also hold a survey to find out people’s opinions on the subject.
This comes after several years of bad headlines for the corporation in regards to its coverage of homosexuality. In December of 2009 an article on the BBC News site sparked outrage when it asked readers to debate whether or not homosexuals should face execution. Jonathan Ross and Chris Moyles have both been the subjects of complaints regarding comments made by them which some viewers felt were homophobic.
The results of the survey will be given to all programme makers at the BBC so any issues raised by participants can be addressed.