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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