Joe Godwin's visit to Battersea


The 8th of March 2014 was a beautiful spring day which brought many of our members out, and we welcomed JoeGodwin for a second time to our meeting in Battersea. As Director of BBC Children’s Television, Joe Godwin is responsible for all of the BBC’s services for children – the two digital channels, CBBC and CBeebies and their websites.
 
Joe spoke about the strides which have been made in the portrayal of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) families; far from the days of “Are you being served” and the “Carry on Films” thankfully.
 
Joe emphasized that his aim and that of the BBC Children’s Section is not just about looking at LGBT programming in isolation, but to look at the broader based issues of Diversity-ethnicity, disability, gender roles and sexual orientation.
 
He said that if CBBC and CBeebies programming makes people think about their attitudes to difference a lot would have been achieved. Joe thinks that although there have been improvements in the programming of LGBT people, that there is still a lot to be done with “normalizing” their lives. His aim within the BBC is to encourage children to understand and accept difference as the rich diversity of all human beings.
 
We had a lively discussion following Joe’s initial talk and thanked him for giving up his time to be with us, and to share the exciting news of new developments in programming of LGBT people. We look forward to the broadcasting of a fascinating new programme which will be aired in September 2014 on CBBC. 
 
By Joanne Manson 

 

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