Remember the BBC Brexit bias accusations made by 72 MPs earlier this month? Round two has arrived.
A counter letter, sent to BBC director general Tony Hall yesterday, has defended the corporation and urged it “not to succumb to pressure to skew” its coverage. The BBC said the letter had been signed by 85 MPs and MEPs.
Labour MP Pat McFadden coordinated the letter, which was also signed by former Tory education secretary Nicky Morgan, Lib Dem leader Tim Farron, his predecessor Nick Clegg and Ken Clarke.
The letter said: “We expect the BBC to defend its independence and report impartially, robustly and fearlessly on all issues relating to Brexit and not succumb to any pressure to skew its coverage one way or the other.”
The letter accusing the BBC of Brexit bias was coordinated by Julian Knight MP.
Here is the counter letter in full:
Dear Lord Hall
The BBC is a world renowned and globally respected broadcaster. Its reputation is based on fearless fact based impartial reporting.
The BBC and our broadcasters (unlike newspapers) are required to be objective and impartial by law. The BBC rightly guards its independence and should resist attempts at political interference or pressure.
This is particularly important in today’s political environment where self-reinforcing social media bubbles and authoritarian attempts to force people to accept a single version of events are on the rise.
We expect the BBC to defend its independence and report impartially, robustly and fearlessly on all issues relating to Brexit and not succumb to any pressure to skew its coverage one way or the other.
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