The BBC is supposed to at least try to be politically impartial, but is often accused by the right wing press of a bias to the left, and by the Labour party of a bias to the right.
It is true that many leading political commentators, such as Andrew Neil, Nick Robinson and Laura Kuenssberg appear to have a pro-Tory stance, but I do not regard that as a serious problem. Intelligent viewers will judge accordingly.
What is much more disturbing is the BBC's active promotion of UKIP, and in particular Nigel Farage, giving him the oxygen of publicity, which I think has played a significant factor in his success in the EU referendum.
The BBC's flagship programme, Question Time, is an indicator of who is favoured. By last December Nigel Farage had appeared 31 times, making him the 11th most frequent guest. Farage is an MEP who has failed seven times to get elected as an MP. All of the top ten are parliamentarians with an average of 30 years service - people like Ken Clarke, Harriet Harman and Paddy Ashdown.
Amongst next week's guests on QT is Paul Nuttall, the new UKIP leader, who will be a candidate in the Stoke byelection on February 23rd. Is this fair to the other candidates? I believe that he should not appear on QT before that election and I would like to see the BBC try a bit harder to be politically neutral.
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