Jeremy Clarkson jokes about BBC licence fee
We use your sign-up to provide content in ways you’ve consented to and to improve our understanding of you. This may include adverts from us and 3rd parties based on our understanding. You can unsubscribe at any time. More info
Sir Robbie Gibb, formerly Theresa May’s director of communications, became a BBC non-executive director in May. According to the Financial Times he attempted to prevent Jess Brammar, the former HuffPost UK editor, being given oversight over the BBC’s news channels.
The paper reports he send a text to Fran Unsworth, BBC director for news and current affairs, stating she “cannot make this appointment”.
If she did, Sir Robbie allegedly warned, the Government’s “fragile trust in the BBC will be shattered”.
The claim sparked a furious reaction from Labour, which suggested he should be sacked.
Jo Stevens, the shadow digital, culture, media and sport secretary, said: “These allegations raise very serious questions about Conservative cronyism at the heart of the BBC.
“If Robbie Gibb is in post to further Tory interests rather than the public interest, then he is in the wrong job.
“Oliver Dowden must join the calls for him to resign or the BBC must sack him immediately for the sake of its own integrity.”
Before joining Huffington Post UK, Ms Brammar was deputy editor of the BBC’s Newsnight show.
Sir Robbie is also a former BBC journalist, who also serves as editorial advisor to GB News.
His brother, Nick Gibb, is a Tory MP and school standards minister.
In response to the allegations a BBC spokesperson said: “The BBC doesn’t comment on ongoing recruitment processes, which are the responsibility of the executive, but for the record, no recruitment process has been blocked.
“People should wait for the outcome which will be announced in due course.
“And as a general principle, board members are able to discuss issues with other board members or senior executives. These principles were adhered to.”
BBC bias: Broadcaster receives record 500,000 complaints in ONE YEAR [SHOCK]
BBC accused of promoting ‘anti-British drivel’ by Andrew Neil [ANGER]
Louise Minchin’s interview with Sajid Javid slammed ‘BBC are biased!’ [REVEAL]
The BBC has been under fire from political figures on both the right and left, over accusations of bias.
Recently published figures revealed the number of complaints about its programmes more than doubled over the past few years.
The broadcaster received 462,255 complaints in 2020/21, as opposed to just 218,253 in 2018/19.
This is the first time the BBC has received more than 300,000 complaints in a year.
Brexit: Hartley-Brewer clashes with Adonis over 'BBC bias'
Speaking to the Daily Telegraph a BBC source said this was part of a “broader trend” within the TV industry.
Ofcom received 142,660 complaints over the past year, a huge surge from the 35,545 made the years before.
The BBC’s annual report said: “Our research shows too many people perceive the BBC to be shaped by a particular perspective.
“This is not simply about the politics of Left and Right.
“We recognise that many feel the BBC does not get the world from their point of view.”
Express.co.uk has contacted the BBC for a comment.
Source: Read Full Article