UK Government makes FORMAL COMPLAINT to BBC over biased Brexit coverage

FOX GLOVES ARE OFF MP Liam Fox demands showdown talks with BBC chief over ‘biased’ Brexit coverage

International Trade Secretary pens formal letter of complaint to Beeb and accuses corporation of ignoring key stories

LIAM Fox has demanded a showdown with BBC chiefs over its “biased” Brexit coverage.

It’s about bloody time!

In an explosive letter to the Beeb, Fox accuses the notoriously left-wing broadcaster of ‘ignoring key stories,’ and he even goes further to demand talks with their top brass.

The letter was sent directly to their Director General Lord Hall. ‘Lord’ says everything that we need to know about these elitist fools as far as we are concerned.

The Sun On Sunday says that they have seen this letter, which includes: “I cannot recall a single time in recent times when I have seen good ­economic news that the BBC did not describe as ‘despite Brexit’.”

Pretty strong stuff, and apparently he also says that reporting of the EU economy as a whole has been ‘unbalanced.’

What else would you expect from a broadcaster that has also been exposed for slipping anti-Brexit messages into Proms concerts.

The accusation of failing to report key stories supporting the Brexit cause is a very serious one bearing in mind that the BBC is a public-funded broadcaster with a legal obligation to provide balanced reporting.

As we have said before, if their plush new headquarters in Salford became any more unbalanced it would tip over and roll off down the M62!

According to the report in The Sun, two key ‘missed’ stories in question are from July 6th and July 7th.

First of all, he says that the BBC chose not to report figures that had been released showing a ‘record number of projects in the UK from overseas investors.’

Also, he states that when it became known that UK trade exports had risen by 10.8%, the BBC decided to gloss over this and run another piece about a ‘widening trade deficit.’

Let’s hope that the BBC gets the dressing down that it deserves!

BUSTED! Remoaning BBC caught red-handed promoting ‘Brexit Doom’ report funded by the EU

The Brexit-hating and EU-loving BBC has been CAUGHT RED-HANDED promoting a report about how Brexit will be all doom and gloom that has actually been produced by an EU-funded think tank!

It is yet another example of the biased Beeb acting in a manner that is a direct insult to millions of licence fee-payers who voted Leave with very good reason.

Once again, we take our hats off to the excellent Guido Fawkes blog for having the balls to call them out on this disgraceful behaviour.

It says:

The second main story on BBC News all day has been a report by an American think tank warning that “nearly all” the possible outcomes of Brexit will see the UK worse off than staying in the EU.

Of course the Rand Corporation, which published the report, is funded by the European Commission, the European Parliament and the European Union Research Executive Agency. Not that the Beeb thought to mention that…

Guido has read the Rand report so you don’t have to. It is filled with flaws and biases – for example it says the Brexit bill will be up to €75 billion (fact check: it’s between £35-39 billion).

The report looks at many types of supposed models for Brexit, but it bizarrely doesn’t assess the outcome of the UK signing trade deals with multiple countries, one of the main reasons for leaving: “We did not explore the… model in which the UK would complete FTAs with numerous countries”. This is the government’s plan, why is it not included in the study?

Then there is the model Rand say they have used to determine their figures – it is the same as the infamous Treasury model that wrongly predicted a calamitous aftermath of a Leave vote. Debunked…

We have highlighted the most important line in the report above as it says EVERYTHING that you need to know about the BBC’s approach to Brexit both before, during and after the referendum.

The BBC has a duty to be impartial and disclose the exact nature of all sources when it comes to publishing information!

WATCH: Hundreds march in London to SCRAP THE BBC LICENSE FEE due to Brexit bias

It was very pleasing to see hundreds of people marching in London on Sunday to protest against the BBC-funding TV license fee, with many people accusing the Beeb of Brexit bias and a number of other ‘offences’ that make the corporation unsuitable for so much public money in its current form.

Predictably, coverage of the event has been pretty much non-existent in the mainstream media, but thankfully Facebook has made it possible for the masses to find out more about the event in the Capital.

According to the Facebook page of The People’s Charter, they were also marching against BBC bias on the topics of the Rotherham abuse scandal and the Football Lads Alliance (FLA).

With the FLA in particular, the BBC acted as if the recent large-scale gathering simply didn’t happen, which regrettably is the sort of behaviour that we have all come to expect from this left-wing behemoth that needs to be put out to pasture.

As far as we are concerned, if it is to continue in its current form, it simply cannot be funded through a compulsory ‘tax.’

Call it whatever you like, but the way in which it is enforced means that it is a ‘tax’ in all but name, with the actions of enforcement officials often backing up this idea.

Hopefully this cause will now gain additional exposure on Facebook, and you can read more below about a petition that has been set up to gather names of those who are opposed to the TV licence.

It has already amassed more than 230,000 signatures and it is growing all the time!

A petition for the pro-EU BBC to have their licence fee scrapped has now gathered more than 230,000 signatures.

There have been a number of recent situations where the BBC’s pro-EU and anti-Brexit bias has shone through, and we have decided that enough is enough!

Just recently, we reported that BBC News have included a pro-EU image in their Facebook cover photo.

On top of this, there were also two examples of anti-Brexit bias in their recent coverage of the BBC Proms concerts.

The full text of the petition reads as follows:

There’s been considerable public dissatisfaction for quite some time:
– 70% stated that the BBC licence fee should be abolished or cut according to an ICM poll for The Sunday Telegraph in 2013.
– The Magistrates’ Association has been calling for the decriminalisation of TV licence evasion for nearly 20 years, concerned that evaders are punished disproportionately.
– Up to 50 MP’s demanded recently an urgent Government review of BBC funding

I resent having to pay for the BBC for the following reasons:

Unique funding or daylight robbery?
– The BBC has long advertised with phrases such as “thanks to the unique way the BBC is funded” however should that unique way been seen as a positive. Surely it is questionable that a non-government entity should be entirely funded by tax that they are independently allowed to, first, claim and, second, collect.
– The licence fee forces people to pay for self-funded services, such as itv, channel 4 and so on.

Heavy-handed bullying:
– Its business model relies upon fear of criminal sanctions to achieve success: you cannot go to prison for non-payment of your licence fee, but you can be jailed for not paying a fine.
– The BBC sent 52.8 million letters last year chasing evaders. These letters were followed with around 3.8 million visits by TV licence officer.
– More than 3,000 a week appeared before the Magistrates Courts in 2012, accused of watching television without a valid licence.
– Licence fee evasion makes up around one ninth of all cases prosecuted in magistrate courts.
– Of the 204,018 prosecution (or out of court disposal) in 2014, a staggering 24,025 were unsuccessful.
– in 2014, 39 people were imprisoned in England and Wales, for an average of 20 days each.

Burden on the poor:
– The licence fee represents a much higher proportion of income for poor households
– According to a National Audit Office report from 2002: “Areas with high evasion rates are most likely to have a higher than average proportion of younger people, low income households, and students and single parent families, and a high level of County Court judgments 50 per cent above the national average”.
– by forbidding all TV programs to non-licence payers, it prevents poor people to enjoy a hobby that’s virtually free or it criminalises them, in particular women with children living on welfare.

The licence fee gives an unfair advantage to one broadcaster:
– Itv has a total external revenue of £2,590 million
– Channel 4’s total revenue is £908 million a year.
– UKTV (owning Dave, yesterday, etc) had £265 million in revenue.
– In comparison, the BBC has a total income of £5.066 billion of which £3.726 bn comes from licence fees.

Outdated system:
– The BBC has been funded by the licence fee since 1923.
– The current TV licence fee started in 1946
– TV licence might have been relevant when TV was in its infancy. Nowadays, it’s not. Many channels offer quality programs funded by advertising.

How it works:
– The licence fee is classified as a tax since In January 2006.
– It cost each house with a TV the sum of 40p a day. In context of austerity, this is actually quite a lot.
– The Licence fee has been frozen at its 2010 level of £145.50 until 31st March 2017
– Free TV licences are available for households with a member aged over 75 and are Licences are half price for the legally blind. Those aged over 60 and in residential care homes can get Accommodation for Residential Care licences for £7.50 a year.

It doesn’t have to be this way:
– Canada, United States, Australia, Hong Kong, Luxembourg, Monaco and Spain don’t have TV licence fees. Presumably its national TV is paid by taxes, in which case it’s paid proportionally to each individual’s income.

A need of control has been expressed many times:
A BBC funded by the public needs a democratic mandate, not just the votes of a few people who enjoy nature programmes.

The nature of the licence fee as a tax could lead to the BBC being manipulated by the government in power with the threat of withholding funds if information damaging to that government was made public. Evidence of this kind of manipulation has already been seen in the run up to the 2015 election and the proposed leader’s debates.

Papers have hinted that “thousands of Top Gear fans who signed a petition demanding Jeremy Clarkson be reinstated are now threatening not to pay their TV licence fee in protest.” I am one of them.

I think it’s particularly relevant to address this now as this issue needs to be debated by the government before 2017, but more so because of the “Fracas”, which brings the BBC’s responsibility towards the general public to the forefront.

So what do you think?

Tell us in the comments.

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