BBC Charter

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 13th September 2004.

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Photo of John Whittingdale John Whittingdale Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport 2:30 pm, 13th September 2004

Will the Secretary of State accept that one of the fundamental principles that must be upheld in the charter review is that the BBC must be politically impartial and balanced in its coverage? Is not the decision to call a by-election in the middle of the conference season—