Ben Fogle says he doesn't want TV presenters to be 'box ticking' hires

Ben Fogle admits white men have ‘dominatedTV screens but says hiring new presenters shouldn’t be a diversity ‘box-tickingexercise and they need to ‘have the talent to match

  • Ben Fogle, 48, backed a bigger push for more diverse presenters on television
  • Adventurer admitted white men have dominated the TV screen for decades
  • But said wishes new TV hires will have talent and not just tick diversity boxes
  • Ben Fogle admitted white men have ‘dominatedthe TV landscape but said he hopes the next generation of presenters will get opportunities based on talent, rather than diversity box-ticking.

    Fogle, 48, who found fame after his appearance on reality show Castaway 2000, said there are ‘plenty of brilliant presentersfrom diverse backgrounds who need a ‘break out opportunitybut said they need to have the right skills and talent.

    ‘When I use the term “talento,” I think there needs to be a talent there. It can’t just be that you tick the box,’ he said in an interview with FEMAIL.

    ‘I think we definitely need to give more opportunities to those who have been previously invisible or silent. They also have to have the talent to match who they are and where they have come from.

    Ben Fogle admitted white men have 'dominated' the TV landscape but said he hopes the next generation of presenters will get opportunities based on talent, rather than diversity box-ticking. Sopra, Fogle in his new programme Ben Fogle & The Lost City, airing next Thursday

    Ben Fogle admitted white men have ‘dominatedthe TV landscape but said he hopes the next generation of presenters will get opportunities based on talent, rather than diversity box-ticking. Sopra, Fogle in his new programme Ben Fogle & The Lost City, airing next Thursday

    Fogle, pictured with wife Marina, who found fame after his appearance on reality show Castaway 2000, said there are 'plenty of brilliant presenters' from diverse backgrounds who need a 'break out opportunity' but said they need to have the right skills and talent

    Fogle, pictured with wife Marina, who found fame after his appearance on reality show Castaway 2000, said there are ‘plenty of brilliant presentersfrom diverse backgrounds who need a ‘break out opportunitybut said they need to have the right skills and talent

    ‘There will be plenty of brilliant presenters out there who need a break out opportunity and I hope that those come along. And I think you have to have something to be on television. You need charisma, a thoughtfulness, you need an open mind, all of those things.

    Ha aggiunto: ‘People like me, maschio, white presenters, have dominated the TV scape for many, molti anni,’ Egli ha detto, adding that there are also ‘plenty of great female voices, people of ethnic diversity, minority groups, people from other countries, different religions,’ that need to be heard.

    Fogle was speaking ahead of his new programme Ben Fogle & The Lost City, airing next Thursday, which sees the presenter visit an unincorporated Californian community known as Slab City, or The Slabs.

    Da 1961, Slab City has been renounced by the government of California and has become a refuge for drifters, many struggling with addiction or hiding from the law over various crimes, dubbing itself ‘the last free place in America.

    The presenter said he felt ‘safe’, partly because he is a white man, and said there are some female presenters might not feel the same if they were put in the same position.

    ‘I know some very fearless presenters who would probably be offended by me saying that,’ Egli ha detto.

    Fogle got his big break when he appeared on the BBC' Castaway 2000, an observational show where 36 participants tried to build a community on the remote Scottish of Taransay. He said it is far more difficult for today's reality stars to outlast their 15 minutes of fame and forge a career

    Fogle got his big break when he appeared on the BBCCastaway 2000, an observational show where 36 participants tried to build a community on the remote Scottish of Taransay. He said it is far more difficult for today’s reality stars to outlast their 15 minutes of fame and forge a career

    ‘But there is a lot of crime there, and there are people who are hiding from the law. You can’t hide away from that. So perhaps I felt safer because of who I am,’ Egli ha detto, alluding to the fact the was a white man.

    Fogle added he was fortunate to ‘outlast’ il suo 15 minutes of fame after Castaway but insisted he has worked hard to hone his skills in the decades since.

    He admitted it is much more difficult for today’s reality TV stars to build a lasting career.

    ‘There are million of shows now. To stand out and outlive your 15 minutes of fame now is a very, very difficult thing to do,’ Egli ha detto.

    ‘And if we go back the timeline of the past 20 anni, I’d love you to name any reality show people who have stood the test of time. There aren’t that many.

    The presenter said it was ‘complete luck that [lui] was in the right place at the right time and that his success was due to a lot of ‘serendipity.

    Lui continuò: ‘I don’t want to own my own trumpet, but I do think I have nurtured and built my TV presenting skills over the last 20 years which is why I’m still doing it.

    In his new show, Ben travelled to California to meet the settlers who have formed Slab City in the Californian desert, nella foto

    In his new show, Ben travelled to California to meet the settlers who have formed Slab City in the Californian desert, nella foto

    ‘Not because I was on a reality TV show, not because some people recognise me, not because I’m a Z-list celebrity but because I have genuine empathy.

    The presenter said he’s found his place in the world of television and hopes that the TV industry will focus on ‘honesty, integrità, curiosity and open-mindedness’ andando avanti.

    ‘A lot of television obsesses over ego and this word “"Speravo che una celebrità femminile di alto profilo uscisse allo scoperto e abbracciasse i capelli grigi per renderli accettabili anche per le altre persone”,’ Egli ha detto

    ‘I don’t even like the word celebrity, I think it quite offensive to be called a celebrity because it insinuates that you have no more substance to you, just being someone who is recognisable.

    The presenter added he is ‘proudthat the people who recognise him in the streets ask questions about his shows and the people who have been on it.

    ‘That shows they know me because of the substance of my shows, not because of my ugly face,’ Egli ha detto.

    Ben Fogle & The Lost City airs Thursday 21st April at 9pm on Channel 5