“The BBC has more journalists than any other media outlet in Britain, but out of those 4,000 men and women, yes 4,000, precisely none of them work in an investigations unit.
Take the junior doctors’ strike, Newsnight, to its credit, ran a MORI poll showing 66% public in favour, 18% against. But on the day of the action Today trawled for anti-strike patients, and the BBC News at Ten ran two negative voices from ordinary people, and no-one in favour.
Investigations aim to hold power to account, and one of the most powerful institutions is the government.
People ask me is the BBC biased, and my answer is that the fundamental corporate bias is pro-government, regardless of party. It’s the licence fee – stupid.”
Meirion Jones is the former Newsnight Producer who was forced out of the BBC along with the rest of his team for questioning the cancellation of a Jimmy Savile investigation – a decision taken by former BBC Director General and current The New York Times editor Mark Thompson.
All anyone needs to do to criticise the bias of the BBC political correspondent Laura Kuenssberg is look at the record – LK once orchestrated the on air resignation of a Labour Party MP in an attempt to help destabalise the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn.
There’s no need for a dramatic and false conspiracy theory – the record shows that’s just not balanced journalism.