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BBC Presenter Jane Garvey Highlights Radio 2's Lack Of Diversity

'Radio 2 doesn’t look or sound much like the Britain I know.'

26/05/2017 08:39 | Updated 26 May 2017

BBC presenter Jane Garvey has called out Radio 2 for a lack of diversity among its presenting team.

Jane - who presents ‘Woman’s Hour’ on BBC Radio 4 - has said that while she’s a fan of Radio 2, she doesn’t feel like its hosts are representative of Britain in 2017, both in terms of gender and ethnicity.

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When this issue has been raised in the past, former BBC radio boss Helen Broaden has argued that messing with the successful presenting line-up, including Chris Evans, Ken Bruce, Steve Wright and Simon Mayo, could potentially affect each of their huge ratings.

However, Jane seems less convinced.

The female presenters currently on Radio 2 include Zoe Ball, Jo Whiley and Sara Cox.

In 2015, a study from the Beeb’s watchdog, the BBC Trust, made similar observations to Jane, claiming that the corporation’s radio presenters did not display enough racial diversity.

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