No one at the BBC cares when we’re accused of bias, says Evan Davis: Newsnight presenter reveals corporation receives constant complaints without taking any action
No one at the BBC takes account of accusations of bias, according to the presenter of Newsnight.
Evan Davis said the BBC is constantly getting emails from licence fee payers accusing them of pandering to certain political parties.
But he claimed that ‘no one at the BBC takes those kinds of things into account’ because it is ‘very rare’ for the issue to be brought up.
His remarks at the Hay Festival come days after the corporation was accused of Left-wing bias in its Election Debate programme.
Speaking at the festival in Wales, Mr Davis said: ‘All the time we get those emails. And honestly, no one at the BBC takes those kinds of things into account.
‘Maybe people at the very top of the BBC do, I don’t know. Maybe they do. But none of the people who are making programmes do.’
Mr Davis, who replaced Jeremy Paxman as presenter of Newsnight in September 2014, was at the festival to promote his book Post-Truth: Why We Have Reached Peak B******t and What We Can Do About It.’