BBC director general Tony Hall: ‘We go to great lengths to ensure we balance our coverage and address all issues from a wide range of different perspectives.’ Other than a factual perspective, that is… [Image: Dominic Lipinski/PA.]

The problem with the BBC’s coverage of Brexit – as with its coverage of many other topics – is its failure to check the facts.

Tony Hall’s claim that the BBC has been impartial and addresses issues from “a wide range of different perspectives” is admirable – but irrelevant if it pays no attention to the factual basis underlying each of these perspectives.

This Site last night published an admission by a leading member of the ‘Vote Leave’ campaign that his organisation lied in order to win votes for Brexit – why did the BBC not research the claim, expose it as a lie, and prevent its use? I did – but I don’t have the BBC’s huge audience.

People need to know if public personalities or organisations are lying to them. If the BBC can’t or won’t investigate that, then what is the point of it, as a news-reporting organisation?

The BBC has defended its record on impartiality after it was accused of anti-Brexit bias by a group of mainly Tory MPs.

In a carefully worded response to a letter signed by 70 MPs and published in the Daily Mail and Telegraph, the director general Tony Hall wrote: “Impartiality has always been the cornerstone of BBC News. It remains so today.”

Hall indicated that he had first seen the letter, which accused the BBC of giving too much airtime to remain supporters and which was coordinated by the Tory MP Julian Knight, after it was published by the Daily Mail and Telegraph.

“We go to great lengths to ensure that we balance our coverage and address all issues from a wide range of different perspectives. It is one of the reasons why the public trusts the BBC more than any other source of news.

“I agree with you that these are consequential times. For that reason, it is more important than ever that the BBC’s journalism is independent of political pressure.”

Source: BBC boss defends news coverage after MPs claim Brexit bias | Media | The Guardian

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