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NBCUniversal knocked for lack of diversity after Comcast merger

August 23, 2011 |  1:00 pm

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NBC last season heavily promoted its commitment to boosting racial diversity in front of and behind the camera, programming several series such as "Undercovers" and "The Event" that featured minorities in major roles.

The development of the shows was largely in response to opponents of NBC's merger with cable giant Comcast who claimed that the network had a historically bad record of hiring African Americans in front of and behind the camera.

Little more than six months after the approval of the merger, NBC and its Los Angeles owned station KNBC have come under fire for what critics say is a lack of diversity. KNBC has been criticized for the absence of Latino anchors in prime newscasts, while the slate of new shows on NBC has only one minority in a leading role.

For more on the story, read here.

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Photo: Boris Kodjoe, left, and Gugu Mbatha-Raw of the now-canceled NBC show "Undercovers." Credit: Frank Ockenfels / NBC

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