Pro-Tory bias confirmed as BBC News men vie to be Theresa May’s comms chief

Robbie Gibb (left) and James Landale are competing to be May’s head of communications.

May we hope this lays all the claims that the BBC supports Labour to rest? ‘Auntie’ has been a Tory for many years.

It is clear that support for the Conservatives, within the Corporation, is institutional. Consider the fact that Landale interviewed former comedy prime minister David Cameron in Cameron’s kitchen, or take a look at the number of Tories who appear on the Gibbs-edited Daily Politics.

This Writer seems to recall making a complaint about bias, to the BBC, about Landale. I got the usual response – that the BBC is above suspicion and I should mind my own business – but my concern seems much less misplaced now!

Two senior figures from the BBC are in the race to become Theresa May’s new head of communications, including its high-profile diplomatic editor.

James Landale, who was previously the corporation’s deputy political editor, has been interviewed for the role as well as Robbie Gibb, who heads the BBC’s operations at Westminster, according to Downing Street sources.

Previous holders of the job include Craig Oliver, who joined from the BBC after making his name revamping the News at Ten and running the BBC’s 2010 general election coverage.

Landale, a former newspaper journalist, is an Etonian near-contemporary of the former prime minister David Cameron.

Gibb leads the BBC’s politics operations at Westminster, editing the Daily and Sunday Politics programmes.

Source: Two top BBC figures in running to head Theresa May’s communications | Politics | The Guardian

ADDITIONAL: It seems Landale has turned down the job – that’s according to this report. So the way seems clear for Mr Gibb.

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4 thoughts on “Pro-Tory bias confirmed as BBC News men vie to be Theresa May’s comms chief

  1. Florence

    On the silver lining side, its one less Cameron Eton mess in the beeb, unless they have an entire wedding guest list from Cameron and Osbourne that are still working through!

    1. Zippi

      It seems more than likely, from an interview that I heard today, on Radio 4, about Mr. Gibb’s appointment, among others! The expression, I believe, was “structural.” Na-ha! “… structural problems with the revolving door between the B.B.C., the media and politics.”

  2. Barry Davies

    The BBC always claims it is not biased, try complaining about their pro eu, they get funds from us via the eu, stance, and you get nonsense that they do not have hand picked audiences or deliberately have more pro eu pundits than anti eu ones, it is lies of course but there is no way their producers and editors are going to move away from their personal beliefs.

  3. Dez

    You may have stumbled on yet another job promotion scam that Government departments love eg ex tax poodles working for friendly accountants they have worked with……energy government gurus going over to consultant firms…and so on. So if you are BBC and kind to the Tory flag and are very user friendly in times of trouble you may be rewarded with a top PR or media job in Government for your services rendered. I would not want to bet this will be a long term appointment the way the Cons are acting out their own demise.

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