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
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