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EastEnders producer refuses to tick boxes for diversity

IN THE MINORITY: EastEnders’ black actors include (l-r) Diane Parish, Tameka Empson and Rudolph Walker

EastEnders producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins says he refuses to support “box-ticking” in order to achieve ethnic diversity in the show.

Speaking to Radio Times, Treadwell-Collins said he would sooner quit his position than allow anyone to start “imposing editorial decisions.”

The producer insisted he would stick to his plans for the hit BBC show, despite research undertaken by the corporation, which found that the fictional Walford is twice as white as the real east London.

AT THE HELM: EastEnders producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins

“As soon as someone starts imposing editorial decisions, we fight back, because we know what we’re doing,” Treadwell-Collins said, before adding:
“The day I start box-ticking is the day I leave.”

The claim that EastEnders is ‘too white’ was made last year by Diane Coyle, vice-chairman of the BBC Trust.

More recently, the BBC’s director general Tony Hall announced plans for the corporation to promote more diversity on and off screen.

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