A PETITION that called for an inquiry into the BBC’s bias against right-wing activist Tommy Robinson has reached more than 30,000 signatures.
The petiiton came after accusations of bias and fake news were raised in a Panorama documentary attempting to ‘take-down’ Tommy Robinson.
The government has responded and said that it’s not in their remit to investigate the BBC.
The Government said: “The BBC has a duty to deliver impartial, accurate news coverage and content under its Charter. Perceived editorial bias at the BBC is a matter for Ofcom as the independent regulator, not government.”
Impartiality is a key part of the BBC’s mission set out in the BBC Charter. The BBC’s mission is ‘to act in the public interest, serving all audiences through the provision of impartial, high quality and distinctive output and services which inform, educate and entertain’.
“One of the BBC’s public purposes is to ensure that news and current affairs content is impartial, provided to the highest editorial standards, and offers a range and depth of analysis and content not available elsewhere.
“It is for the BBC Board, not government, to set editorial standards and ensure the quality and impartiality of all BBC’s content.
“BBC Editorial Guidelines sets out that impartiality lies at the heart of the BBC’s commitment to audiences. The BBC Director-General is the editor-in-chief with final responsibility for BBC editorial matters of the BBC.”