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BBC in race law row over advertisement

The BBC has launched an inquiry into a job advertisement that appeared to breach Britain's Race Relations Act by seeking an Oriental or Asian person to lead a new series.

world Updated: Feb 03, 2008 16:20 IST

The BBC has launched an inquiry into a job advertisement that appeared to breach Britain's Race Relations Act by seeking an Oriental or Asian person to lead a new series.

According to a report in the Daily Mail, the makers of a ten-part BBC2 science programme sent a wish list of attributes they were looking for to, among others, casting directors, agents and management companies.

The advertisement said "we are seeking a young, zany Oriental or Asian person with a science background". But even the science background could be ditched, the advert implied, for the right ethnic man or woman.

"It's an advantage if they have a technical background," it said. "They would have to be good with an audience and have to conduct experiments. They would have to be enthusiastic and engaging."

The series is to be made by BBC Scotland and the auditions to be held here on Wednesday. A spokesman for BBC Scotland said: "Messages were sent to various organisations from a member of the production team of a science programme. "The wording of the messages was inappropriate and they should not have been sent out. It is now an internal matter."