08 November 2017
BBC announces ‘spike’ in bullying and harassment complaints
There is a "spike" in the number of complaints by BBC employees alleging bullying and harassment, the deputy director general has disclosed.
According to Anne Bulford, the corporation is dealing with 25 active cases at present, with its workforce being urged to come forward in the wake of the scandal involving movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.
"You perhaps won't be surprised to know we have a spike at present. We have more cases at present than we have seen over the last three years," Ms Bulford said in her evidence to the Commons Digital, Media and Sport Committee.
The cases cover a range of issues a range, including sexual harassment and bullying.
Ms Bulford asserts that rather than keeping down the number of complaints, it is the corporation's priority to encourage its staff to speak out about grievances or bullying and harassment - whether these are historic or recent allegations.
"It is a good thing that people come forward. It feels like a good thing if you don't have a lot of complaints - that might be good for a healthy culture.
"But actually what we wanted was not to worry about that too much - just have people come forward if they've got something to say."