BBC EXPOSED: Former BBC News Editor Says Broadcaster Was ‘Not Impartial’ In EU Referendum

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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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9 Responses

  1. J.L.Kay says:

    Pretty clear who the ‘loonies’ were. All Jeremy Corbyn’s supporters, of course, and all the anti-Brexit head cases like Anal Sourbelly. The BBC has NEVER given balanced political coverage for about forty years and no-one who works as a journalist or political commentator for that organisation has the intelligence, insight or gravitas of a Robin Day or a Richard Dimbleby. Sorry Laura Kuensberg, you need to up your game , dear. NIce pins, though.

  2. Stanley Cutts says:

    Well said Pezzo! We all know the BBC is totally biased, but it helps hearing confirmation from one of its top journalists.Thank you.

  3. MIKE MAUNDER says:

    Consider the facts upon our EU membership at the referendum. The BBC and the National Media, were totally against leaving, with the BBC having only 7% air time given to Brexit supporters. Add to that all the political Parties in the Commons, wanting to remain in the EU, it is surprising that leave won with more than a million majority ! This fact has never been raised, and adds another argument to shut up the remoaners ! If the media had taken a more evenhanded view, doubtless the majority would have been higher, although in my case, leaving was a decision taken back in the 1980s, and I awaited the chance to vote ! UKIP = VOICE OF THE PEOPLE !

  4. I’m afraid you may have this wrong. I think Preston is arguing along the lines we hear from some other Remain supporters that in the future Leave voices should not be given credence as they are wrong ( just as many of the great and good argue that counter voices to the climate change orthodoxy should get air time ).

  5. Paul Spencer says:

    That man drives me insane, makes me cringe. But just lately he has come out with a few home truths, perhaps he will start to grow on me. Even Piers Morgan said to him, you have a strange way of speaking.

  6. Malcolm Jackson says:

    Peston is a hypocrite. Peston is a member of Tony Blair’s treacherous Common Purpose organisation.

    One of the main objectives of Common Purpose was to win the referendum and stop Brexit, by controlling and dumbing down the media.
    Peston was part of this and knew/knows exactly what Common Purpose does.
    Peston is now doing the same now in ‘Independent’ television.

  7. rose jay says:

    The EU pays them 12 million per year

  8. John Carins says:

    Hang on a moment. Wasn’t Peston “sacked” by the BBC for having biased views? Peston is the pot calling the kettle black.

  9. Mark says:

    We needed to be told this?

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