A co-conspirator complained to the BBC that the Blue Peter presenter Radzi Chinyanganya’s appearance as a panellist on the programme breached BBC guidelines on staff impartiality.
The BBC have got back to her to say he is a freelancer and not in news and current affairs:
As a freelance broadcaster, Radzi is free to take on other work outside of Blue Peter. Radzi is not a presenter in News and Current Affairs, where his job would mean he could not talk in public about his political views. His appearance on Question Time was in a personal capacity and he was not representing Blue Peter or the BBC Children’s department.
In Question Time tweets and by Dimbleby himself, he was introduced as a Blue Peter presenter. At the very least he was trading on his Blue Peter profile…
Not sure how the BBC square Blue Peter presenter Radzi Chinyanganya giving his view that Corbyn has shown “real leadership” and defending him calling Hezbollah “friends“, with their strict impartiality guidelines that presenters aren’t allowed to give political opinions.
— BBC Question Time (@bbcquestiontime) 1 March 2018
All is forgiven though, it turns out Radzi also wants to get on with leaving the single market and customs union. Is the Blue Peter man a millennial Lexiteer in the mould of Aaron Bastani?
How does this work then? The Question Time panel tonight includes Blue Peter presenter Radzi Chinyanganya, who is bound by the BBC’s strict impartiality rules. Question Time is a political opinions show. Radzi won’t be able to give any political opinions. Not sure they thought this through…