BBC’s dismissiveness of its legal obligations is staggering but not surprising
After arrogantly saying that the nation would ‘just have to wait’ to find out whether the BBC would decide to comment on comments by its political editor that have appalled observers, the Corporation finally decided to put out a statement.
But it is even more arrogant than its initial stance.
The BBC’s own guidance about electoral law and the broadcast of information about postal votes is emphatic – it is a criminal offence to reveal any information about postal votes before general election polling stations are closed:
The Electoral Commission agrees.
Laura Kuenssberg, on the BBC Politics programme today, clearly gave details of how people are believed to have voted by post. Programme producers of other stations reacted with astonishment to her comments and were clear that this is against electoral law.
Yet the BBC’s statement, for which it kept everyone waiting for more than four hours?
Conservative supporter Peter Oborne has said he is voting for Jeremy Corbyn in this election, because the BBC and other corporate journalists have become part of the Tories’ fake-news industry.
Based on this outrage, he is not only right – but the BBC is absolutely shameless about it.
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