BBC head confesses to 'liberal bias' in broadcasting

BBC chairman confesses to ‘liberal bias’ in their broadcasting

According to BBC chairman Richard Sharp, the broadcaster “does have a liberal bias,” but “the institution is fighting against it.”
He said that Brexit had taken the BBC by surprise, adding, “The BBC didn’t understand the ‘mind’ of the country.”

Mr Sharp, who gives his £160,000 salary to charity, believes that continuous attempts to relocate departments to the north of England, Scotland, and Wales will help guarantee that the same errors are not repeated.

The former Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan banker told the Sunday Times that the BBC has been overly focused on London, “which can create groupthink.”

Mr Sharp alluded to former Newsnight host Emily Maitlis’ monologue on Dominic Cummings’ visit to Barnard Castle during lockdown, which the BBC decided violated impartiality standards.

He called Maitlis “wrong,” emphasising that the BBC is not a “campaigning institution,” adding, “Our approach is to present the facts, not to lead with a broadcaster’s opinion.”

Mr Sharp also identified areas where he feels the BBC can improve.

“I’ve got Bloomberg TV on in here for a reason,” he continued, referring to its business coverage. It’s excellent. “We have to raise our game.”

He lauded the BBC’s journalists and editors as “first-rate,” but said that business and money are “not as well understood as they should be” across the company.

“We need to do a better job of explaining them,” he continued, “especially when inflation is forcing the Government and the Opposition to make very difficult choices.”

Mr Sharp succeeded Sir David Clementi in February 2021, as the BBC faced increased criticism on problems like as equal pay, diversity, free TV licences for over-75s, and competition from streaming firms such as Netflix.

He and the director-general, Tim Davie, came up with a 10-point plan that included being fair, training to avoid bias, and evaluating the news output.

Source: BBC boss admits broadcaster has ‘liberal bias’

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