The BBC has come under fresh fire, this time by a new member of the House of Lords. Sir Ian Botham, the famous cricketer and now lord has claimed that people from the countryside in particular are “sick” of the BBC’s “virtue-signalling presenters”.
The BBC has previously come under fire from critics who have accused the broadcaster of adopting a left editorial bias. However, Lord Botham has stated that the corporation was doing “particularly badly” in the countryside which he said was “from where many people write to me”.
Lord Botham has said: “They dislike how the corporation increasingly uses its programmes to promote the narrow ‘woke’ views of its senior staff. They say it abuses its power to push these ‘urban progressive’ ideas as if they were mainstream”.
Lord Botham cited a recent YouGov poll in his article in The Telegraph. The poll explained how only 4 percent of the British public thought that the BBC had improved in terms of representing their values during 2020.
Lord Botham went on to say: “This is an organisation in big trouble. Any business facing numbers like those would take drastic action”. Only last week, Nigel Farage attacked the BBC and other MSM news organisations for forecasting an “impending doom” approach when covering Brexit. He said in a video: “I was astonished by the tone of Sky News, of the BBC as if some terrible impending doom was coming as the moment of our final Brexit approached”.
Lord Botham directed his criticism on the BBC’s to its new Director-General, Tim Davie. He said “Mr Davie pledged to put an end to this abuse, but it hasn’t totally stopped. Our senior citizens do not deserve to be impoverished or frightened by demands from BBC tax collectors. The BBC dominates our culture and political debate. But those I hear from feel it has lost its legitimacy and despair of it”.