A former BBC executive has criticized Nadine Dorries and her string of “blobs” in her role as Culture secretary, but says some of her instincts are “not wrong”.
oger Mosey, who was appointed BBC News director in 2003, said Boris Johnson’s appointment of Dorries to the position was “punishment in itself” but “the nature of her policies was worse”. .
Speaking to Radio Times, Mosey commented on the decisions being made on the BBC’s licensing fees, the privatization of Channel 4 and the Online Safety Bill.
“The Johnson government is particularly concerned about our public service media, and it would be better for all of us if the next prime minister took a more constructive approach,” he said.
“It’s hard to imagine anyone less suited for the job than Nadine Dorries.
“Her disparaging remarks ranged from confusing rugby union with rugby union, to talking about tennis ‘ball courts’ and ‘downstream’ movies.”
“The nature of her policies is worse…however, some of Dorries’ instincts are not wrong,” he added.
Mosey agrees that licensing fees are an “outdated idea”, and that in the UK’s ongoing cost of living crisis, “we shouldn’t be jailing people who don’t pay”.
He added that Channel 4 had “deviated from its mission of making a difference” with its “endless property shows and Come Dine with Me series.”
“Dorries is also right that the BBC reflects the country’s views very poorly, and the grouping in editorial meetings is damaging,” he said.
“London is still far too dominant in its power to make decisions about what we see and hear, and there is an unquestionably urban bias.
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“The new prime minister will have the opportunity to change course – let’s hope they take that.”
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/former-bbc-boss-criticises-nadine-dorries-but-says-her-instincts-are-not-wrong-41850090.html Former BBC boss criticizes Nadine Dorries but says her instincts are ‘not wrong’