A BBC News reporter openly branded Prime Minister Boris Johnson a ‘clown’ and called for the PM to be ‘saked’ in unearthed social media posts.
The revelations have brought further calls to ‘Defund the BBC’ by decriminalising non-payment of the hated fee.
Rianna Croxford made comments a year before joining BBC News in 2018 and now critics are arguing that the corporations journalists’ views on Twitter are now risking the BBC’s required neutrality
The BBC has said that Croxford’s ‘opinions expressed are completely irrelevant’.
Croxford, who is the BBC’s Community Affairs Correspondent made the comments in 2018.
Daily Mail Online reported that in one tweet from May 2017, she wrote: ‘Boris Johnson on #mayvscorbyn tonight was an embarrassment – can’t believe he’s our foreign secretary.’ The following month she tweeted: ‘Oh Jeremy Corbyn has been chanted at the end of every May Ball this week.’
In August 2017, she posted an article by Left-wing columnist Owen Jones titled ‘Please, Theresa, sack Boris Johnson. Britain needs leaders not clowns’. And in June that year she wrote: ‘Why blame the Tory spin advisers? No amount of spin would have saved their dire manifesto policies: Dementia tax, fox-hunting, unpaid leave.’
ho has worked at the corporation since 2018, made a series of remarks on Twitter the previous year
DEFUND THE BBC
ANTI-Licence fee group ‘Defund the BBC’ has launched a UK-wide advertising blitz aiming to drum up support for the campaign to decriminalize non-payment of the TV licence.
The group has raised over £30,000 since it’s launch is now asking Brits ‘are you still paying?’ on massive billboards with the salary of top BBC earners such as Emily Maitlis and Gary Lineker.
One has already been revealed in South East London.
Rebecca Ryan, Campaign Director of Defund The BBC, told Westmonster that: “This is the first of hopefully many billboards that will be cropping up across the country, as more and more people chip in to help put an end to BBC harassment and intimidation.”
“It’s not right that, in this digital age, people have to pay the BBC in order to watch Sky News on YouTube, and – just to add insult to injury – suffer ‘Aunty’s’ metropolitan groupthink along the way.”
“The mainstream media are hoping that if they ignore Defund The BBC we will quietly disappear. We call on everyone to chip in what they can, so that we can let people know – through billboards across the country – that we don’t have to pay to be insulted anymore.”