THE BBC has sparked a discrimination row after white people were blocked from applying for a traineeship at the corporation.
The 12-month position at Radio 1’s Newsbeat is only available to candidates from a black, Asian or non-white ethnic minority background.
The trainee position at the taxpayer-funded broadcaster is described as “the ideal environment for multi-media training” for up-and-coming journalists.
The job advert was posted online by Creative Access, a company hoping to boost the number of ethnic minority people working in the media.
It has sparked a wave of criticism of social media, with some users accusing the BBC of discrimination and racism.
Twitter user Victoria wrote: “My nephew would like to apply, he’s fair-skinned though.
“How should I tell him he doesn’t qualify?
“Alternatively, does BBC host these schemes acknowledging it recruits according to skin colour, and therefore has to balance its discrimination with non-white training schemes?”
Adam Stanley said: “Why can’t I apply? I’m a white male, and it clearly states in your advert I can’t apply? That’s discrimination against me as a white male!”
And James Bruce said: “Oh dear. Discrimination based on the colour of your skin.”
It is not the first time the BBC has come under criticism after blocking white people from applying for positions at the corporation.
In November another 12-month internship at the broadcaster’s World Service was only open to black and ethnic minority applicants.
In response, Conservative Party MP Andrew Bridgen suggested the job advert could be in breach of the Equality Act.
He said: “It’s disappointing because all the figures now indicate that those most in need of a leg up and most struggling in our education system are white boys from deprived backgrounds.
“It’s positive discrimination – and I thought that discrimination on the grounds of race, sexuality, or gender was illegal.”
A BBC spokesman said: “The scheme is organised by Creative Access, an independent organisation dedicated to increasing diversity in the creative industries, whose other partners include ITV, United Agents, Faber and Faber, and John Murray.
“This is not a job, but simply a training and development opportunity.
“This training scheme is designed as a positive action scheme to address an identified under-representation of people from ethnic minority backgrounds in certain roles.
“Such schemes are as allowed under the Equality Act and we’re proud to be taking part.”