March 10, 2021
Award-winning journalist and Loose Women panellist Charlene White has pulled out of hosting the Society of Editors’ National Press Awards following the Society’s widely ridiculed claim that the UK media is “not racist”.
Charlene White Quits As Host Of Press Awards Over Society Of Editors Racism Statement
In a statement sent to the SoE’s executive director Ian Murray, seen by HuffPost UK, White cited the much-criticised statement, released on Monday in the wake of Harry and Meghan’s interview with Oprah Winfrey
“Perhaps it’s best for you to look elsewhere for a host for your awards this year,” she said. 
“Perhaps someone whose views align with yours: that the UK press is the one institution in the entire country who has a perfect record on race.”
The first Black woman to present the ITV News At Ten, White worked in several senior broadcasting roles at the BBC before joining ITN in 2008. 
In 2020 she made her debut appearance as a guest presenter on Loose Women, and it was announced in January that she would become a regular in the wake of Andrea McLean’s exit from the show.
The National Press Awards, organised by the SoE, are set to take place on March 31, recognising outstanding coverage by journalists in the UK across 2020. Among the shortlisted candidates is HuffPost UK’s own Aasma Day, for her work on “reporting diversity”.
White, who has been involved in the awards as a judge for several years, called out the SoE’s inconsistent approach to racism and representation in the media, writing: “Your organisation approached me to become a judge for its awards and to work alongside you because at that time it was hugely lacking in terms [of] being a fair reflection of the UK population. In other words, the nominations and winners list involved very few non-white journalists.
“This is not an unusual scenario, unfortunately. Over the years several organisations have been held to account for eradicating and ignoring the work of ethnic minority professionals – and women.
“So, you told me you wanted that to change. In fact, we spoke at length about it.
“But here’s the thing. I only work with organisations who practise what they preach. My time is precious, so I’d rather not waste it.”
Murray, in a statement published on Monday, sparked a backlash against the organisation when he claimed: “The UK media has never shied away from holding a spotlight up to those in positions of power, celebrity or influence.
“If sometimes the questions asked are awkward and embarrassing, then so be it, but the press is most certainly not racist.”
His assertion, which he went on to defend in a heated interview with Victoria Derbyshire on Tuesday, was fiercely criticised – not least by members of the SoE’s own board, who said they were “deeply angry” about the way they had been represented. 
The SoE represents almost 400 members in senior positions across the UK media, several of whom have now publicly declared their opposition to Murray’s statement.
More than 168 journalists, writers and broadcasters from Black and Asian backgrounds across the media on Tuesday signed an open letter describing the SoE’s position as “laughable” proof of “an institution and an industry in denial”.
In her statement, White said: “Since the Black Lives Matter movement really took hold in the UK last year, every single institution in this country has had to finally look at its failings and its position in terms of how they treat ethnic minorities both inside and outside of its walls.
“But for some unknown reason, you feel as though the UK press is exempt in that discussion. I could list the many many studies that have been done on this, or I could quote facts and figures regarding the correlation between the lack of diversity in newsrooms and the way stories are covered.
“But I’m not your personal Google.
“What I am is a Black woman who has consistently stood up for what she believes in, irrespective of the impact it would have on my career.” 
On Wednesday, the Yorkshire Post said it has withdrawn its team from the SoE awards for regional journalism. 
In a letter to readers, the paper’s editor James Mitchinson wrote: “I believe it is in the best interests of my team, my title and our wider trade to step aside and allow the Society the space it needs to reflect on what has happened.“Here is one such moment where I have a choice to make. Here I am, troubled at the prospect of accepting adulation from an organisation that cannot see the prejudice before them, even when it screams in sans serif caps lock, 200pt.
“As a forty-something white man, I feel woefully short of credentials to bring to this fight, but I will be damned if the colour of my skin and my perceived social status is going to prevent me from listening, learning, bettering myself and my workplace.”The Bureau of Investigative Journalism has also announced it has withdrawn its nominations for the awards. This year the Bureau team has been shortlisted for two Society of Editors awards. Having reflected on the @EditorsUK statement this week and subsequent response, in light of our mission and values, we have withdrawn our nominationshttps://t.co/yAZjm9WEdepic.twitter.com/gof1Eo1Z82— The Bureau (@TBIJ) March 10, 2021 HuffPost UK’s reporter Aasma Day has withdrawn her entry in the awards, saying the SoE statement made her feel “deeply uncomfortable”.
The SoE has since added a clarification to its original statement, rowing back only slightly on Murray’s claim that the UK press is “not bigoted”. 
The addition reads: “The Society of Editors has a proud history of campaigning for freedom of speech and the vital work that journalists do in a democracy to hold power to account.
“Our statement on Meghan and Harry was made in that spirit but did not reflect what we all know: that there is a lot of work to be done in the media to improve diversity and inclusion.
“We will reflect on the reaction our statement prompted and work towards being part of the solution.”Related...Journalists Of Colour Reject Claim That 'UK Media Is Not Bigoted'Opinion: Of Course There's Bigotry In The Media. We Need Allies, Not Silence, To End ItWhat The Papers Say About Meghan And Harry's Interview
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