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BBC drama boss says there aren't enough gay characters on TV

2014-02-27
bbcdramaBBC drama controller Ben Stephenson has said there aren't enough gay characters on TV. Stephenson, who is gay himself, has been in charge of commissioning BBC drama since September 2008. He was speaking about diversity at the BBC's Reflect and Represent session at London's New Broadcasting House on Monday (February 24), Broadcast reports, when he admitted he was "really worried" about the lack of gay characters on the BBC. "I am diverse, in that sense [gay], and are there many portrayals of gay characters on television?" Stephenson said. "I would say it’s probably one of the lowest [represented] areas. When the great gay script comes in, I shall definitely be commissioning it." Later in the session, Stephenson claimed that diversity within BBC drama is now better than at any other time in the corporation's history, before admitting: "We’ve got a long way to go." Other participants in the Reflect and Represent session, which aims to discuss the BBC's future vision, included Stuart Cosgrove, Channel 4's director of creative diversity, and rising star journalist Paris Lees, who has recently joined Attitude as Editor-at-Large. > Coronation Street gay kiss receives Ofcom complaints > Danny Dyer: 'I'm proud of EastEnders coming out scenes' > Gary Lucy defends EastEnders gay kiss: ‘Get with the times!’