BBC warned hiring Jess Brammar would damage ‘perception of independence and impartiality’

BBC criticised by expert over reports of Brammar appointment

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On Tuesday, the Leader of the Commons warned the BBC that appointing Jess Brammar to oversee its news channels would harm the “whole perception of independence and impartiality at the BBC”. He addressed the broadcaster’s potential move in a discussion on the ConservativeHome Moggcast.

Mr Rees-Mogg said the corporation “really do damage themselves,” as he appeared to compare Ms Brammar with political editor Laura Kuenssberg.

Of Ms Kuenssberg, Mr Rees-Mogg said she had formed a “political and professional reputation” for being “completely impartial”.

Mr Rees-Mogg said: “I remember when they appointed Andrew Marr as their political editor, who was a polemicist for one of the Left-wing newspapers, somebody said to them why hadn’t they appointed Boris Johnson or someone from the Right.

“They said ‘of course we can’t do that, he’s far too controversial’. When it’s the Left, it’s fine, when it’s from the Right that’s beyond the pale.”

But he claimed the BBC affects its own reputation when deciding who to employ.

The Leader of the Commons added: ”I think the BBC does itself a lot of damage in this regard. Because people like Laura Kuenssberg make their professional reputations on being completely impartial and she gets criticised by the Left and the Right in pretty much equal quantity.

“And then the BBC management goes off and starts suggesting it should hire someone from a Left-wing outlet.

“That damages the whole perception of independence and impartiality at the BBC. They really do damage themselves.”

The broadcaster recently came under fire after its top-paid presenters’ wages were revealed and big names like Match of the Day host Gary Lineker were still earning substantial salaries despite the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent economic crisis.

Rebecca Ryan, Defund the BBC’s Campaign Director, told “The shocking revelation that Naga Munchetty, who openly mocked the Queen and Union Jack live on air, has been rewarded with a 30 percent pay increase, whilst many Britons don’t know if they’ll have a job to go back to has gone down like a bucket of cold sick.

“Meanwhile, crowing about Gary Lineker’s pay cut to £1.36 million for 60 days of work shows how thoroughly out of touch with licence fee payers chief executive Tim Davie is.

“As Michael Portillo said, ‘the BBC is clinging to the licence fee like a polar bear on a melting piece of ice’.”

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