BBC director: Kuenssberg conducts himself ‘exemplary style’ with Joe Lycett

BBC director general Tim Davie said Laura Kuenssberg had behaved herself in an “exemplary style” in her new political show, where comedian Joe Lycett appeared to sarcastically praise new Prime Minister Liz Truss.

the first episode of BBC’s Sunday With Laura Kuenssberg hit the headlines after the stand-up joked on the show that he was “very right-wing” and that he felt “assured” after his live interview. Truss in the studio.

Discussing fairness within the BBC during Tuesday’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee meeting, Mr Davie said he did not think Mr Lycett’s booking for the show showed “a little bit of BBC bias” because he felt “the audience watched it for what it was”.


Joe Lycett (Matt Crossick / PA)

He said: “We could argue exactly what you argued about whether it was the right booking, but what I would say is that Laura did it herself, as the host. BBC programme, I thought exemplary in a somewhat difficult situation. We’ll go on.”

Mr Davie added: “I don’t think it shows the BBC’s bias in the slightest. Audiences watched it for what it was”, later describing it as “astonishing”.

Birmingham-born Joe Lycett has been known for performing a number of public stunts in recent years to raise awareness of issues like single-use plastic.

The comedian also stars on Channel 4’s consumer rights show, Joe Lycett’s Got Your Back, where he takes on major corporations on behalf of consumers.


Presenter Gary Lineker (Adam Davy / PA)

Reflecting on the fairness of BBC content as a whole, Mr Davie said: “We have hundreds of thousands of hours of output… and overall, I think we’re delivering well, I think and that’s important. is that we have to be proportionate about this. “

A committee member spoke about how sports expert Gary Lineker, one of the BBC’s highest earners, has sometimes voiced his opinion on political issues in the media society.

Mr Davie said he had had discussions with Mr Lineker over the years about his adherence to BBC fairness guidelines and felt he had made a “major improvement over his position”. a few years ago”.

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“I’m very supportive of Gary, I think he’s an excellent presenter, and I think it’s a work in progress if he draws the line, but we had a good conversation, I think he He understands the principles,” said Mr. Davie. BBC director: Kuenssberg conducts himself ‘exemplary style’ with Joe Lycett

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