BBC: Political Impartiality

Department for Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 1st March 2017.

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Photo of Stephen Doughty Stephen Doughty Labour/Co-operative, Cardiff South and Penarth

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether the Government has made representations to the US Administration related to allegations made by Sebastian Gorka on bias and the impartiality of the BBC on Newsnight on 16 February 2017.

Photo of Matthew Hancock Matthew Hancock Minister of State (Department for Culture, Media and Sport) (Digital Policy)

The BBC, by virtue of its Royal Charter is operationally and editorially independent. It has a duty to deliver duly impartial and accurate news under both its Charter and the Broadcasting Code. The Government has not made any representations to the US Administration on this matter.

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