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The complaints are piling up at the BBC after my Newsnight appearance

16 July 2019

12:27 PM

16 July 2019

12:27 PM

For those of you who were not watching, if you have the time, take a look at the interview I did on Newsnight with Emily Maitlis about my book. And tell me if you think that it was an even-handed, unbiased, rational discussion. The complaints are piling up at the BBC: here’s one from a remainer:

Dear sir or madam,

I am writing in relation to Emily Maitlis’s interview with Rod Liddle on Newsnight yesterday. I have the highest regard for the BBC: over many years, I have relied on the organisation to provide impartial reporting and comment on a wide range of issues. Moreover, I am well aware of the challenges the organisation faces in providing such reporting and comment, particularly in recent years.

However, I found Emily Maitlis’s interview of Rod Liddle to be sneering and bullying in tone – something I do not expect of the BBC. My broader concern is that the tone of the interview accurately reflects the way in which the BBC, as an organisation, views the many millions of British people who voted for Britain to leave the European Union in 2016. (I should point out that, if I had had a vote in the 2016 referendum, I would have voted remain; indeed, had I been living in the UK, I would have actively campaigned for remain.) I intend not to watch Newsnight in future.

Yours faithfully,

Seán O’Keeffe

 


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