One in five unhappy with homosexuality on TV, radio: BBC study

The BBC intends to use the research to improve the portrayal of gay characters on TV.

About 18 per cent of the TV viewers and radio listeners are unhappy about the depiction of homosexual and bisexual characters on TV and radio, according to a report commissioned by BBC.

The corporation questioned around 2,000 adults and also held a public consultation - which got more than 9,400 responses - as part of the study.

The survey also found that lesbian, gay and bisexual people wanted to see more realistic depictions of their lives.

While, about 46 per cent of the respondents said they were comfortable or undecided with the portrayal of gay people, about 18 per cent of them said they were uncomfortable with it.

They seem to be particularly unhappy with the scenes of "emotional and physical intimacy".

Many lesbians said they were unhappy with most of the gay women being portrayed either as "butch" or "lipstick lesbians", while gay men said they welcomed a more realistic portrayal.

The survey found that landmark gay storylines and gay characters on soaps such as EastEnders and Coronation Street are important.

Tim Davie, the BBC's head of audio, who chairs a working group on improving coverage of the gay community, said that the research would help achieve more "authentic and diverse" portrayals.