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Channel 4 chiefs are facing calls from furious ethnic minority staff to axe a reality programme in which a star of their hit show Gogglebox lives alongside a group of cattle-herders in an African village.
Black and other minority C4 staff were said to have been horrified when they heard that head of factual entertainment Alf Lawrie had commissioned the four-part series The British Tribe Next Door, presented by Scarlett Moffatt and described as a ‘racist cringe-fest’ by one television critic.
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A special in-house screening was organised before the first episode was broadcast to the public last Tuesday, with the aim of quelling fears that the show might cause offence.
But afterwards, several employees are said to have raised concerns that airing it would be ‘problematic’ with a number even calling for the series to be ditched.
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However, Channel 4 bosses – including Mr Lawrie and director of programmes, Ian Katz – ignored the employees’ pleas and pressed ahead regardless.
Staff are said to be seething that their views were ignored, and are worried about potential damage to the channel’s reputation for serving diverse audiences.
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C4 has already been attacked by pressure groups and viewers after the first episode of the series, which sees Miss Moffatt and her family housed in a replica of their County Durham family home, built in the village of Otjeme, Namibia.
Unlike their neighbours, Miss Moffatt and her family have running...
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