`This is one of the most important books on race, representation and politics to come along in a decade…. Sarita Malik's book is a brilliant contribution to the literature on race, cultural studies and public pedagogy' - Henry Giroux, Penn State University Representing Black Britain offers a critical history of Black and Asian representation on British television from the earliest days of broadcasting to the present day. Working through programs as wide-ranging as the early documentaries to `ethnic sitcoms' and youth television, this book provides a detailed analysis of shifting institutional contexts, images of `race' and ethnic-minority cultural politics in modern Britain.

The Institutionalization of the Black Voice on Television: Questions of Access, Multicultural Programming and Cultural Diversity

The Institutionalization of the Black Voice on Television: Questions of Access, Multicultural Programming and Cultural Diversity

The institutionalization of the black voice on television: Questions of access, multicultural programming and cultural diversity

The 1980s saw important breakthroughs in terms of accessing the Black voice, particularly through the provisions of the Multicultural Departments, which explicitly positioned Black representation on the agendas of British broadcasting institutions. The inclusion of Black faces and characters, the exploration of ‘Black Issues’, the training and recruitment of Black programme-makers, and the designation of these Black ‘specialist units’ stemmed, to a large degree, from the debates around access and public service broadcasting during the 1970s and 1980s. I want to look back at some of those developments here, particularly in relation to non-fiction ...

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