German net to hire more minorities

COLOGNE, Germany — Germany’s biggest television network plans to hire more non-Germans as anchors in an effort to increase acceptance of foreigners, a network official said.

Reinhard Graetz, a Westdeutsche Rundfunk executive, told reporters there would also be more programs depicting the daily life of foreigners in Germany and educational slots to counter widespread neo-Nazi violence.

“Foreigners should appear as a natural part of the program,” Graetz said.

He added that his television and radio network sought to combat the spread of rightist ideology through shows that encourage understanding and dispel prejudice.

There are only a handful of non-German celebrities regularly seen on television in the country.

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