Boris Johnson condemns 'statist, corporatist, defeatist, anti-business' and 'biased to Left' BBC news - Press Gazette

Boris Johnson condemns 'statist, corporatist, defeatist, anti-business' and 'biased to Left' BBC news

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has attacked BBC newsrooms for being ‘overwhelmingly biased to the Left’and said the new director-general should be a Tory.

In his weekly column for The Daily Telegraph, Johnson claimed his ‘chief opponent’in his recent election victory was the local BBC news, adding:

The prevailing view of Beeb newsrooms is, with honourable exceptions, statist, corporatist, defeatist, anti-business, Europhile and, above all, overwhelmingly biased to the Left.

He also criticises the BBC’s coverage of the Leveson Inquiry:

In all its lavish coverage of Murdoch, hacking and BSkyB, the BBC never properly explains the reasons why other media organisations – including the BBC – want to shaft a free-market competitor (and this basic dishonesty is spotted by the electorate; it’s one of the reasons real people are so apathetic about the Leveson business).

Johnson said that the ‘non-Murdoch media have their guns trained on Murdoch, while the Beeb continues to destroy the business case of its private sector rivals with taxpayer-funded websites and electronic media of all kinds”, adding:

I have sometimes wondered why BBC London never carries stories about dynamic start-ups or amazing London exports – and then concluded gloomily that it just not in the nature of that show.

It’s not in their DNA. Fully 75 per cent of the London economy is private sector – and yet it is almost completely ignored by our state broadcaster.

Johnson’s solution is for the Government to

‘appoint someone to run the BBC who is free-market, pro-business and understands the depths of the problems this country faces.

“We need someone who knows about the work ethic, and cutting costs. We need a Tory, and no mucking around. If we can’t change the Beeb, we can’t change the country.



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