Leading Brexiteer SAVAGES BBC for ‘failing’ to give licence fee payers political diversity

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Mr Tousi has 211,000 subscribers on his channel and his videos have been viewed over 67 million times. He is a strong supporter of Brexit and other conservative policies.

In recent years the BBC has committed itself to accurately reflecting the UK population in terms of race and gender.

However, Mr Tousi argued it is failing to provide licence fee payers with real political diversity.

Speaking to he said: “One of the reasons why they have bias is it’s not really planned, it’s just hardwired.

“They might have diversity of skin colour and gender at the BBC but they don’t have diversity of thought or intellectual prowess.

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“They’re all the same. They all talk the same, they all went to the same universities and schools.

“Now they’re being challenged and they’re not really equipped to evolve or admit they’ve been wrong all this time.

“It’s too late for them and this is when we need the new media – my slogan on my channel is ‘we are the media now’.”

In order to watch live television in the UK legally it is currently necessary to pay for an annual TV licence.

These cost £157.50 per household for a colour licence, or £53 for just black and white.

If you watch live television without a licence you can be fined up to £1,000 in addition to court costs.

In return the BBC is supposed to provide politically impartial coverage.

It’s editorial guidelines state: “The BBC is committed to achieving due impartiality in all its output.


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“This commitment is fundamental to our reputation, our values and the trust of audiences.

“The term ‘due’ means that the impartiality must be adequate and appropriate to the output, taking account of the subject and nature of the content, the likely audience expectation and any signposting that may influence that expectation.”

Many conservatives, such as Mr Tousi, have accused the corporation of failing to achieve this requirement.

However, its coverage was defended by Lord Hall, the outgoing BBC Director General, shortly after the 2019 general election.

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Writing in the Daily Telegraph he said: “Around 27 million people in the UK came to the BBC website to find out about the election results.

“It was a reminder of the trust people place in the BBC.

“But the fact criticism came from all sides of the political divide shows to me that we were doing our job without fear or favour.”

Last year Defund the BBC, a new campaign calling for the licence fee to be scrapped, was launched.

Mr Tousi revealed he began producing videos in March 2019 after Brexit was delayed.

He commented: “When Theresa May failed to deliver Brexit back in last March, I realised there is a disconnect between the mainstream media and people out there.

“They’re not really giving the news properly to people so I decided to do my research and provide Brexit news and to people on YouTube who can’t get their news from the mainstream media.”



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