Saira Khan calls for more diversity in TV in latest dig after Loose Women exit

Loose Women star Saira Khan, 50, made the decision to quit in her role on the ITV show after five years on the panel.

Soon after the news broke the TV personality said she thought some of the other women on the panel should follow suit as they have “had their time”, but now she has criticised the show even further.

Saira shared an article by Campaign Magazine on her Instagram page with the headline: “The BAME screen test: Does British TV lack diversity?"

"How does the UK's TV industry stack up against the US when it comes to BAME representation both behind the camera and in front?" was then written underneath.

Referencing writer Gideon Spencer’s exploration into what goes on in the TV industry, Saira said: “Decisions should always be based on factual evidence and not on what’s ‘trendy’ or ‘emotional’.”

The star then delved into the subject in a lengthy post, before sharing: “I speak from experience – you get invited through the door – but you’re never really sitting at the table."

Talking further about the article, the presenter told her 92,000 followers: “This fantastic article in @campaignmagazine by Gideon Spencer really opened my eyes to the facts about the TV industry for which I have now worked in for over 15 years.

"What’s fundamentally important is Representation of BAME and LGBTQ groups should not just be at the ‘frontline level’.

“We’ve recently seen an increase in the hiring of many Black presenters on our screens, fronting mainstream shows, which has been fantastic, and long over due.

“But what about that level of investment behind the screens at writer, editor, commissioner levels?” she added.

Saira’s comments on the changes required come after she urged her former colleagues to follow her lead.

"I actually think there are other women on that show who have had their time and they need to renew and refresh,” she explained.

the mother-of-two further revealed her hopes for Loose Women to replace her with a “gay, transgender or non-binary" panellist.

The show has revealed guest panellist Charlene White has replaced Andrea McLean as a full-time addition to the panel.

The 40-year-old ITV newsreader will join seasoned favourites Nadia Sawalha, Kaye Adams and Ruth Langsford.

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