Spinny Bob on Beeb Rampage

It seems Miliband’s normally jovial spinner Bob Roberts has had enough of the Beeb. Media Guido has got hold of his letter to the BBC Director General Mark Thompson:

Dear Mark 

I am writing to complain about the striking lack of balance on the Today programme this week. 

From Monday to Thursday, the following Ministers and MPs have appeared on Today: 

Government:  Eric Pickles, Richard Benyon, Simon Burns, Tim Loughton, Hugh Robertson, Grant Shapps, Louise Mensch, Don Foster, Theresa May, Iain Duncan Smith, Crispin Blunt, David Davis, Nicky Morgan (Total 13) 

Labour: Margaret Hodge, appearing as Chair of a Select Committee (Total 1) 

By any measure, it is neither fair nor balanced for the Today programme to interview 13 Government MPs and 1 Labour MP over the course of four days.   

Why are listeners hearing so much coverage being given to the Government and virtually none to the official Opposition? 

We have previously raised our concerns with the Today Programme Editor and with the BBC’s Westminster News Editor, but we have not received a satisfactory response, hence we are writing you as Editor-in-Chief of the BBC. 

I look forward to an urgent explanation why this unacceptable lack of balance has been allowed to occur and reassurances that it will be remedied immediately. 

Yours sincerely, 

Bob Roberts

Slightly more dignified than Craig Oliver getting caught on video ranting at a BBC hack…




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