BBC: Political Impartiality

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 19th September 2018.

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Photo of Lord Truscott Lord Truscott Non-affiliated

To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the BBC is not politically biased.

Photo of Lord Ashton of Hyde Lord Ashton of Hyde The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

The BBC is operationally and editorially independent of government and there is no provision for the government to intervene in the BBC’s day-to-day operations. The government has embedded impartiality in the BBC Charter and public purposes. The BBC Board is responsible for ensuring the BBC delivers its Charter obligations and Ofcom, as the independent regulator of the BBC, is responsible for holding the BBC to account in fulfilling its mission and public purposes. Alongside this, the Ofcom Broadcasting Code requires all broadcasters, including the BBC, to report and present news with due accuracy and impartiality.

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