Whitehall fears BBC's 'modernising' reforms could make 'groupthink' on issues ...

Whitehall fears BBC's 'modernising' reforms could make 'groupthink' on issues ...
Whitehall fears BBC's 'modernising' reforms could make 'groupthink' on issues ...
BBC's vow to tackle bias in doubt as Whitehall fears grow that the Corporation's 'modernising' reforms could actually make 'groupthink' on issues like Brexit WORSE Whitehall sources believe BBC's pledge to tackle bias could be undermined by centralisation of news production There are concerns the broadcaster's groupthink on issues may not be tackled Fears that its 'modernised' system 'controlled from the centre' could get in way

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The BBC’s pledge to tackle bias could be undermined by its decision to increasingly centralise its news production, Whitehall sources believe.

There are concerns the broadcaster’s groupthink on issues such as Brexit will not be tackled if its ‘modernised’ system is ‘controlled from the centre’.

It comes despite BBC bosses promising an ‘impartiality revolution’ to crackdown on bias. Last October, Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries said the corporation would need to reveal how it was ‘going to change’ before it got a new licence fee settlement.

Later that month, it released details of an ‘action plan’ to make sure its content is ‘fair, accurate and unbiased’. 

The BBC’s pledge to tackle bias could be undermined by its decision to increasingly centralise its news production, Whitehall sources believe

The BBC’s pledge to tackle bias could be undermined by its decision to increasingly centralise its news production, Whitehall sources believe

Director-general Tim Davie also claimed the corporation’s commitment to impartiality was his main priority when he took on the role in 2020. But some are concerned that the BBC’s ‘Modernising News’ plans will undermine these pledges.

Its proposals involve the creation of ‘multi-skilled story teams’ who will produce stories for the BBC’s different programmes. It means while more news divisions

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