BBC embroiled in race row after Carols from King’s broadcast

Viewers have complained to the BBC after its festive service Carols From King’s failed to feature a single non-white chorister.

None of the 13 singers on the programme, which aired on BBC2 on Christmas Eve, appeared to be from an ethnic minority.

The choristers were selected by their school, Cambridge University’s King’s College.

One viewer told The Mail on Sunday: ‘All the young choristers were white. I’ve got mixed-race grandchildren and I was appalled.

Viewers complained to the BBC after none of the choristers involved in Christmas Eve's 'Carols from King's' appeared to be of non-white heritage

Viewers complained to the BBC after none of the choristers involved in Christmas Eve's 'Carols from King's' appeared to be of non-white heritage

Viewers complained to the BBC after none of the choristers involved in Christmas Eve’s ‘Carols from King’s’ appeared to be of non-white heritage

‘I can’t believe that the King’s College School doesn’t have any black pupils who can sing.’

A spokesman for King’s said the line-up changed after some of the singers were forced to self-isolate due to coronavirus.

‘King’s College is a diverse community whose commitment to equality of access and wider participation is reflected in every aspect of College life,’ they said.

‘Sadly, the diversity of the College was not expressed in the televised service because a number of participants were required to self-isolate just before filming commenced following positive tests for Covid-19.’

The BBC said one of the adults shown in the service is of Japanese heritage.

Carols From King’s has become a traditional and popular part of the BBC’s festive coverage, starting in 1954 as an offshoot of the longer A Festival of Lessons and Carols service. 

2020 was the first time the service was recorded without a congregation. 

One viewer told The Mail on Sunday: ‘All the young choristers were white. I’ve got mixed-race grandchildren and I was appalled. I can’t believe that the King’s College School doesn’t have any black pupils who can sing’

One viewer told The Mail on Sunday: ‘All the young choristers were white. I’ve got mixed-race grandchildren and I was appalled. I can’t believe that the King’s College School doesn’t have any black pupils who can sing’

One viewer told The Mail on Sunday: ‘All the young choristers were white. I’ve got mixed-race grandchildren and I was appalled. I can’t believe that the King’s College School doesn’t have any black pupils who can sing’

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