‘The BBC’s first LGBT correspondent has sparked outrage among his colleagues by bragging about his promotion a day after the corporation announced 450 job cuts.
Speaking at the Kaleidoscope Trust gala dinner at the Kimpton Fitzroy London Hotel on Thursday evening, journalist Ben Hunte addressed his promotion in the context of the BBC’s job losses.
‘You’ll also be glad to know that I have made it through the BBC cuts,’ Hunte told the audience, prompting cheers from the crowd.
‘And I got a promotion,’ he added, to the sound of more cheering.
Hunte also referred to himself as the ‘youngest, blackest and gayest correspondent’ the BBC has ever seen.
An insider at the BBC told MailOnline that the video was being shared among employees and left people ‘furious’, at a time when the broadcast corporation announced it would cut 450 jobs from its total news staffing of 6,000 in a drive to save £80million.
Plans to axe Victoria Derbyshire’s BBC Two programme were confirmed on Wednesday having already been leaked, with the host admitting she is ‘devastated’.
There will also be a cut to Newsnight’s budget, job losses at 5 Live and the World Service will lose shows, it was confirmed earlier this week.
Ben Hunte was named first LGBT correspondent for BBC News in 2018 and reports on stories about sexuality and gender, while also providing analysis on LGBT issues.
He previously worked as a presenter for BBC Africa’s children’s programme ‘What’s New’, the BBC’s first TV programme and digital service for children in Africa.’