Furious viewers slam the BBC’s for its ‘biased’ election coverage

Published on 23rd November 2019 by Lucas

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Furious viewers slam the BBCs for its biased election coverage.

The BBC defended its impartiality over claims it was ‘biased‘ today after the British public accused it of downplaying the Brexit Party’s victory in its election coverage. The corporation said it featured ‘a range of voices’ after angry viewers claimed it emphasised the strong performance of the Remain-supporting Greens and Liberal Democrats rather than focusing on Nigel Farage’s triumph at the polls. The media giant was also blasted after allowing former Labour spin doctor Alastair Campbell to grill another guest over the Brexit Party’s finances. Mr Campbell, a close former aide of Tony Blair, said Mr Farage’s party had had the ‘roubles coming in’ – a reference to the Brexit campaign’s alleged links to Russian money. He was also picked up after making the bizarre claim that Remain ‘won’ the election because smaller parties cumulative number of votes. Piers Morgan was among those who picked up his claim and mocked him.

Former UKIP MEP Patrick O’Flynn said: ‘I know it’s early, but I must say BBC coverage is missing the obvious huge story – the Brexit Party has won these elections and won them big.’ A BBC spokeswoman said that the Brexit Party win had been its ‘lead story’ and the coverage had provided ‘accurate, impartial reporting and analysis’. She added: ‘Our election coverage featured a range of voices and opinions in a format designed for genuine interaction between guests.

 

One twitter user also chimed in and addressing the BBC directly, said: ‘Your biased Euro election coverage was appalling, Alastair Campbell lied about Iraq, and continues to lie and spin against democracy, aided and abetted by the ‘impartial’ BBC. You know where you can stick your licence! I’ll save my roubles and watch YouTube.’

Many people also reached out to Ofcom via social media to complain about the coverage. Although no official figures have yet been released which suggest the complaints. Ofcom had previously released a note to broadcasters prior to the election, urging them to comply with the relevant election guidelines.