In an effort to show that it’s taking seriously recent criticism of the lack of diversity at the BBC, the corporation recently announced the appointment of Andy Akinwolere as the new presenter for a new news programme Inside Out to air on the BBC west midland service.
Akinwolere was previously a member of the Blue Peter team where he became the first black presenter to feature on the show in 2007.
Born in Nigeria, the young broadcaster arrived Britain at the age of 8 after his father got a scholarship to study at the University of Birmingham.
On the appointment, Akinwolere said that he was relishing the prospect of doing something completely different from what he’d been used to for the past few years and that he was ready for the challenge.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for me to join a great team with a track record of uncovering some fantastic stories,” he said.
“It’s great to be working in and around a place I have lived and grown up in and asking the questions that the people of the West Midlands want answering.”
Akinwolere’s appointment comes after comedian and actor Lenny Henry is fronting a campaign to promote diversity in the media. According to Henry, more people from black and ethnic minority communities (BAME) have left the BBC in the last few years.
Henry called for more funding and support for people from ethnic minorities to ensure that they will be better equipped to tell their on stories rather than wait for big media corporations.