BBC EXPOSED: Former BBC News Editor Says Broadcaster Was ‘Not Impartial’ In EU Referendum
The BBC did not provide impartial and balanced coverage during the 2016 EU referendum, a former BBC News Editor has claimed.
Robert Peston, who worked for BBC News for nine years, becoming both the Economics Editor and the Business Editor for the broadcaster, has spoken out to accuse his former employer of unfair coverage of the 2016 EU referendum.
Peston, now ITV’s Political Editor, has claimed that the state-owned BBC gave too much airtime to “loonies”, and suggested that the broadcaster was “confused” about what impartial journalism means.
“I love the BBC but I did feel that during the Brexit campaign they slightly got confused about what impartial journalism meant,” he told the Cheltenham Literature Festival
“The problem with the BBC was during the campaign it put people on with diametrically-opposed views,” he said. “It did not give any help in assessing which one was the loony and which one was the genius.
“I do think that they went through a period of just not being confident enough. Impartial journalism is not giving equal airtime to two people, one of whom says ‘the world is flat’ and the other says ‘the earth is round’.
“That is not balanced, impartial journalism.”
Peston’s comments back up the views of millions of Britons who feel the BBC was biased against Brexit, with YouGov polling showing that 27% of the public believe the BBC is anti-Brexit.
Analysis of the BBC’s ‘Brexit: A Guide for the Perplexed‘ also put weight behind Peston’s comments, revealing that 76% of the words spoken were from anti-Brexit guests, with only 7% from pro-Brexit guests.
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