Political Diversity Urged in the BBC

A senior government MP has urged for the BBC to proportionally represent the political spectrum to reflect the diverse views of the population.

The BBC announced last month that by 2020 1 in 6 of those on screen would have to reflect lesbian, gay, transgender or disabled people.

BBC staff will also be made to give the financial details in a full disclosure in order to determine whether middle classes are being given preferential treatment.

In a letter to BBC director general Lord Hall of Birkenhead, the MP, Mr Bridgen said: “If the BBC is ever to truly address the widespread perception of in-built Left-wing bias, and to end the practice of senior staff recruiting new employees in their own image, then more emphasis needs to be placed on employing staff whose political opinions are more in line with those of the public, who last year voted in a majority Conservative government.”

He added: “This is a perception backed up by the BBC recruitment policy, which advertises posts internally or through the Guardian newspaper. 

“If the intention is for the BBC’s staff to better reflect the make-up of the country in terms of its gender, ethnicity and sexual preferences, then it should also reflect the country’s political make-up.”

A BBC spokesman insisted its staff were from a plethora of diverse backgrounds. 

“It’s nonsense to say that our journalists are anything other than impartial with their reporting,” he said. 

“BBC staff are drawn from a wide variety of backgrounds and there are three current Conservative Cabinet ministers who are former BBC employees.” 

The Culture Secretary, John Whittingdale, said last week while speaking at Cambridge University’s Conservative Association that the broadcasting corporation’s approach to impartiality drives him “insane”.

He mentioned that if the Royal Charter is not renewed in 2017 that the BBC would face an existential threat, something he described as a ‘tempting prospect.’

The government is currently facing a legal battle with Lord Hall ahead of a White Paper  that is due to be published soon on the future of the broadcaster.

The Prime Minister wants a “break clause” in the Royal Charter, or the rules under which the BBC operates in order to give ministers the power to renegotiate terms at any time.

The BBC, however, fears a break clause could be used by Downing Street to hold the Corporation to any given terms. 

Written By:

Daniel James


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