COMPLAINTS that presenter Emily Maitlis was “sneering and bullying” towards Sun columnist Rod Liddle have been upheld by the BBC.
A viewer had complained that Ms Maitlis had hounded Liddle during the show, which “exemplified the way the BBC views Leave voters” during a debate on Brexit between him and Tom Baldwin of the People’s Vote campaign.
A viewer had complained that Ms Maitlis had hounded Rod Liddle during the show, which ‘exemplified the way the BBC views Leave voters’[/caption]
Complaints that presenter Emily Maitlis was ‘sneering and bullying’ towards Sun columnist Rod Liddle have been upheld by the BBC[/caption]
Upholding the complaint, the Beeb’s Executive Complaints Unit said: “It was insufficiently clear that this was not Ms Maitlis’s view of Mr Liddle but that of his critic”.
Adding: “The persistent and personal nature of the criticism risked leaving her open to the charge that she had failed to be even-handed between the two guests.”
It did say however that it “did not agree” that it was possible to deduce Maitlis’s own personal views on Brexit from the debate.
The report continued: “It was valid to press Mr Liddle on his personal views and noted that he had the opportunity to vigorously defend himself.”
According to the report those behind the programme has been “reminded of the need to ensure rigorous questioning of controversial views does not lead to a perceived lack of impartiality”.
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