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Andy Akinwolere criticises lack of black TV presenters

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Former Blue Peter presenter Andy Akinwolere who will be dancing with partner Maria Flippov

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Andy Akinwolere has criticised the lack of black presenters on primetime television.

The former Blue Peter presenter, who recently competed on Dancing on Ice, suggested that it is difficult for people from ethnic minorities to get a "big break".

"So far as I can see, there are currently no black male or female primetime presenters and this strikes me as wrong," he told The Daily Telegraph.

"I know many talented black comedians and television presenters, but they just don't get the big breaks. They might make it in music and in children's television, but it's just not happening in primetime."

Akinwolere described television as a "white, male-dominated industry", adding: "The BBC are leading the way, but as soon as you get to the point where you have to have quotas for ethnic minorities, you know you have totally failed over the past few years."

Akinwolere singled out Match of the Day as an example, saying: "Out of all the black footballers that have played in this country - and I know plenty of articulate ones - you would think that they could have found jobs for one or two as full-time commentators."

Akinwolere left Blue Peter last summer when the programme moved from London to Salford.

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