Jeremy Hunt has said he believes most of the BBC employees vote against his party at elections.
The culture secretary is not the most popular man at the Corporation after overseeing major cuts to its budget, but he was not afraid to fan the flames in an interview with the Observer.
“I think if you were to discover how people vote at the BBC there are probably more who vote Labour or Liberal Democrat than vote for the Conservatives.” But he added: “Their commitment to independent journalism comes before any political affiliation.
“[The BBC] is one of our crown jewels. It produces fantastic TV programmes, [and it has] probably the most respected news service in the world.”
Beeb employees would have been pleased to hear him defend its independence and arm’s-length relationship with government. “We are not Italy,” he said. “We do not have a new government that says we are going to put all our key people in the key positions in a state controlled media.”
But he said the BBC has shown institutional bias down the years. “I think the BBC does recognise that on certain very totemic issues of the last decade it was out of step with where the public are, whether it was on Europe, on immigration or our approach to Northern Ireland.”
(Source: The Observer)
This article appears in issue 265 of Media Digest.