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Nish Kumar calls for radical cultural change to improve TV diversity

The comedian spoke to Newsnight presenter Kirsty Wark at Edinburgh TV Festival.

Nish Kumar spoke at Edinburgh TV Festival (Ian West/PA)
Nish Kumar spoke at Edinburgh TV Festival (Ian West/PA)

By Craig Simpson, PA

Comedian and presenter Nish Kumar has said there needs to be cultural change in the TV industry to make it truly diverse.

The Mash Report host believes radical moves are necessary to ensure real representation of modern Britain.

Kumar said his prominent role is only a “fluke” and more avenues need to be opened up to talent from varied communities.

The comedian spoke to Newsnight presenter Kirsty Wark at the Edinburgh TV Festival.

He said: “There is an assumption that the default is a southern, middle-class, cisgender white man.

“We require a whole systemic change. It’s a massive cultural change that needs to take place.”

These messages never get to the top Nish Kumar

Speaking on a panel discussing diversity, the comedian was unsure conversations alone would be effective in the fight for better representation.

He added: “Part of the problem with bursting this bubble is these conversations are often cyclical.

“These messages never get to the top because they (TV bosses) don’t f****** turn up.”

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