They won’t like that! BBC journalists face social media crackdown TODAY

THE BBC is set for a major upheaval as the corporation publishes its findings into the use of social media by its staff today.

PUBLISHED: 08:16, Thu, Oct 29, 2020 | UPDATED: 08:17, Thu, Oct 29, 2020

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A new report put together by former BBC executive Richard Sambrook will be published, marking the introduction of strict new guidelines for staff. Ahead of the publication of the report, former BBC executive and director of communications for No 10 Sir Robbie Gibb said this was just the beginning of a long process for the broadcaster. Sir Robbie also claimed the BBC had become too left-wing politically and must change in order to justify its publicly-funded status.


Commenting on the new social media guidelines, he said: “New BBC staff social media guidelines published today may be the start of reform but I doubt it will end there and nor should it.

“The BBC can only justify itself as a publicly-funded broadcaster if it provides something its rivals do not – impartial news and entertainment.”

Writing in The Times, Sir Robbie also claimed the director-general has a huge task on his hands to restore faith in the broadcaster.

Within the guidelines set to be revealed today, the BBC is expected to introduce strict penalties for breaking the rules set out.

BBC to announce social media guidelinesBBC to announce social media guidelines (Image: PA)

BBC director-general Tim DavieBBC director-general Tim Davie (Image: GETTY)

These penalties will be specifically for those working in news or current affairs in order to clamp down on any alleged bias on social media platforms.

Previously, Mr Davie had threatened to remove staff from Twitter if they fail to adhere to the new guidelines set out by the BBC.

During a Parliament select committee session, he said: “We will have, within those guidelines, the enforcement policies will be very clear.

“We will be able to take disciplinary action. We will be able to take people off Twitter.

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Mr Davie said Twitter accounts could be suspendedMr Davie said Twitter accounts could be suspended (Image: GETTY)

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