Presenter June Sarpong Named Director Of Creative Diversity At The BBC

Presenter June Sarpong Named Director Of Creative Diversity At The BBC

October 09, 2019

Respected broadcaster and presenter June Sarpong has been named the new director of creative diversity over at the BBC.

The 42-year-old TV personality is best known for appearing on Sky News and shows like Loose Women and T4. Sarpong has written two books tackling diversity issues, worked consistently as a vocal activist against discrimination within the media industry, and pushed for accurate media representation, making her the perfect fit for the role.

The news comes in the middle of controversy surrounding the BBC's decision to partially uphold a complaint against BBC Breakfast presenter Naga Munchetty about comments made about Trump. However, it's worth mentioning that the post has been open since March when Tunde Ogungbesan left his position as the BBC's head of diversity, inclusion and succession. The position was then split into two roles: director of creative diversity, and head of workforce diversity and inclusion.

The Walthamstow-born presenter said she relished the challenge and would find ways to "create systemic change", adding: "The task is indeed daunting, however being awarded the opportunity to help level the playing field for the next generation of diverse talent, makes the obstacles and discrimination I have personally faced throughout my own career all the more worthwhile."

June Sarpong will take on her new role on Nov. 1, and will take part in the BBC executive committee.