The BBC has encouraged its staff to specify their preferred pronouns in order to make transgender and non-binary colleagues feel more welcome.
According to the Times, advice posted on the broadcaster’s intranet suggested stating pronouns such as “she/her”, “he/him” or “they/them” at the end of emails.
The notice told workers it was a “small, proactive step that we can all take to help create a more inclusive workplace”.
A BBC spokeswoman told the newspaper: “The BBC isn’t requiring anyone to do anything; there is simply a staff article on our intranet that talks about gender identity at work and the use of pronouns. This topic is a live issue in many workplaces.”
WATCH: Kate Hoey disagrees with the BBC's advice
Journalist Benjamin Butterworth welcomed the move, telling talkRADIO's Ian Collins: "I think what the BBC has suggested is a good idea because it simply fosters a healthier work environment for the people it affects."
However, former Labour MP Kate Hoey has urged young people to “rebel” against it.
Speaking with talkRADIO’s Mike Graham, she said: “It is actually serious the way now we are being pushed and pushed and programmed into behaving in a certain way.
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