The BBC has laid bare its readiness to submit to biased interests with its decision to prevent presenters who have voiced support for equal pay or for (now ex-)China editor Carrie Gracie, who resigned today over the issue, from hosting discussions or conducting interviews on the topic.
Today Radio 4 host Jane Garvey was replaced by a non-BBC presenter for an interview Gracie and the BBC sent an urgent reminder to staff that they could not participate if they had ‘expressed a view’.
As most female presenters had expressed solidarity with Carrie Gracie, this meant that the issue was basically discussed today by men.
If the BBC is ready to exploit its own ‘impartiality’ rules to circumvent impartiality, then it is no leap at all to believe the accusations of political bias, however much the Establishment might deride the fact.
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