Belfast Telegraph

Friday 25 July 2014

Dixon: Not enough black women on TV

Alesha Dixon said there still aren't many black women on prime time television

Alesha Dixon says TV bosses aren't doing enough to put black women on the small screen.

The former Strictly Come Dancing judge is about to return to TV as a judge on the new series of Britain's Got Talent, which she joined last year.

She told Cosmopolitan magazine: "There still aren't many black women on prime time TV.

"Britain's an amazing multicultural place to live in and that should be celebrated and represented."

She said of Strictly: "When I joined in 2009, the controller of the BBC came into my dressing room and said they were proud to have a woman of colour on their panel.

"It was so nice that they acknowledged it."

She added: "I've never felt better in my own skin. I don't carry around past baggage....The fact I'm still in the industry, 10 years on is something to be thankful for. There's no door you can't open."

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