January 29, 2018
The BBC has overwhelmingly suppressed Eurosceptic views in its coverage of the European Union (EU) over the years, a study has found.
Research by think-tank Civitas found that of 4,275 guests discussing EU matters on BBC Radio 4’s flagship Today programme between 2005 and 2015, only 132 — or 3.2 per cent — backed leaving the EU, despite public support for withdrawal throughout the period.
Entitled, The Brussels Broadcasting Corporation?, the study revealed that in the six months following the EU referendum, only 10 (2.9 per cent) of 366 speakers featured onToday’s business news were supporters of Britain leaving the EU.
It also said the BBC’s coverage has consistently excluded voices of left-wing Euroscepticism, noting the corporation has tended to present criticism of Brussels and support for leaving the EU “through the prism of Tory splits”.
This article was posted: Monday, January 29, 2018 at 7:36 am