BBC bias row: Young employees ‘feel entitled’ to ‘have their views expressed’

THERE is an "entitlement" amongst some younger BBC employees to "have their view of the world on air" according to the former editor of Radio 4's Today programme.

PUBLISHED: 05:03, Sat, Sep 5, 2020 | UPDATED: 05:03, Sat, Sep 5, 2020

The BBC has come under sustained pressure recently with critics arguing it fails to accurately represent the British public. Last month there was outrage after the corporation announced ‘Rule Britannia’ and ‘Land of Hope and Glory’ wouldn’t be sung at the Last Night of the Proms.

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Activists had argued it would be inappropriate considering their connections to Britain’s imperial past.

However the move was harshly condemned by Boris Johnson who criticised “this general bout of self-recrimination and wetness”.

Later the decision was reversed by incoming BBC Director General Tim Davie.

Writing in the Financial Times Sarah Sands, who edited the Today programme for three years, warned against the “employee activist” within the corporation.

BBCBBC employees have been accused of pushing their personal views on air (Image: GETTY)

BBCTim Davie recently took over as BBC Director General (Image: GETTY)

She said: “The BBC is not just a broadcaster but also an attentive employer in the age of the employee activist.

“The result is a sense of entitlement among younger employees: they expect to have their view of the world on air.

“In its drive to reflect a new world, the BBC sometimes overlooks an older one.

“It can treat social conservatism with polite incomprehension.”

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BBC“In its drive to reflect a new world, the BBC sometimes overlooks an older one" (Image: GETTY)

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