Martine Croxall has returned to present BBC News after a 12-day absence following claims she showed bias when Boris Johnson withdrew from the Conservative Party leadership race.
His 53-year-old broadcaster was removed from TV after an episode of The Papers on October 23, where she made “several remarks and reactions” that posed “significant risks” that audiences could believes “opinions are being expressed”, the BBC said.
On Thursday, the company ruled that the show failed to meet fair standards after reviewing viewer complaints.
Returning to the BBC News presentation on Friday, Croxall did not acknowledge her absence, opening the program saying: “This is BBC news, I’m Martine Croxall, headlines at 11am.”
The accusations of bias were made during her presentation for the Sunday evening edition of The Papers, in which members of the press and experts review the day’s key stories covered. out like, Croxall said: “All this is very interesting, isn’t it? ” added: “Am I allowed to rejoice like this? Yes, I am.”
The show began about 90 minutes after Mr Johnson withdrew from the Tory leadership race.
In his first guest question, Croxall also commented: “Can we show you the front pages, have they arrived? No, they haven’t come yet.
“It’s all a little bit, you know, lastminute.com right? Because all the front pages are probably out of date by the time we get them.”
The episode also shows that Croxall thinks her comment may have violated BBC guidelines.
In response to a guest joke aimed at Mr Johnson, she said: “Maybe I shouldn’t (laughs). I’m probably breaking some horribly disinterested rule by chuckling. “
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Some viewers, including some Tory MPs, reacted to a clip on social media, complaining that it showed bias.
Former culture secretary Nadine Dorries said on Twitter: “This lack of fairness demonstrates how deeply biased it is.”
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