BBC President Richard Sharp has said that the broadcaster “has a liberal bias” but “the organization is fighting against it”.
In an interview with the Sunday Times, the former Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan banker said the BBC was too focused on London “which can create group thinking”.
He said Brexit had come as a “big surprise for the BBC”, adding: “The BBC doesn’t understand the ‘mind’ of the country.”
Mr Sharp, who has donated £160,000 of his salary to charity, suggested continued efforts to move parts to the north of England, Scotland and Wales would help ensure similar missteps. doesn’t happen anymore.
Mr Sharp referenced former Newsnight presenter Emily Maitlis’ monologue about Dominic Cummings’ trip to Barnard Castle during the lockdown, which the BBC ruled violated fairness rules.
He said Maitlis was “wrong” and stressed the BBC was not a “campaign organization”, adding: “Our approach is to present facts, not lead opinions. of a television station.”
Mr. Sharp also highlighted areas where he believes the BBC needs to improve.
Referring to the scope of its business, he said: “I have Bloomberg TV here for a reason. It is awesome. We have to up our game.
He praised the BBC’s reporters and editors as “first-class” but said business and financial topics were “not as well understood as they should be” across the group.
He added: “We need to explain them better, especially when inflation is forcing the Government and the Opposition to make very difficult choices.
Mr Sharp takes over from Sir David Clementi in February 2021 as the BBC faces increasing scrutiny over issues including equal pay, diversity, free TV licenses for those on 75 years old and competition from streaming services like Netflix.
He and general manager Tim Davie introduced a 10-point plan that includes fairness, anti-bias training, and news output assessment.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/bbc-chairman-richard-sharp-says-broadcaster-fighting-against-its-liberal-bias-42194003.html BBC President Richard Sharp says the broadcaster ‘fights against its liberal bias’