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UKIP spoofs Lord Patten for suggesting BBC deferential to Brexit cause


Published Apr 27, 2016
Paul Nuttall MEP

Responding to Lord Patten, UKIP Deputy Leader Paul Nuttall MEP said:

“This is a bit rich, coming from a man on a fat European Commissioner pension and who wants to remain in the EU.

“The most senior BBC News editors have previously admitted that that the BBC has been biased for years in favour of the EU and against discussion of immigration.

“Given that the BBC has just aired a four part laudatory documentary on President Obama and the BBC’s former Brussels producer Lucy Thomas is currently deputy head of the Remain campaign, it is clear Lord Patten is heavy on rhetoric but very light on fact. Perhaps he could also explain why the BBC receives money from the EU but this is not their public accounts.”


BBC must declare funding

BBC must disclose its £22m-plus interest in Britain’s continued membership of the EU

Paul Nuttall MEP

UKIP Deputy Leader Paul Nuttall MEP has today written to Lord Hall, Director-General of the BBC, pointing out that the corporation does not disclose in its coverage of the EU the tens of millions of pounds which it receives from the European Commission: “An examination of the European Commission’s website discloses that between 2007 and 2013 the BBC received €30.2m, approximately £22.1m, from the commission. Millions more have been paid since.”

“The debate on the referendum of Britain’s membership of the EU is clearly one in which the BBC has a duty to observe impartiality in its coverage. I am concerned however that the BBC, should it continue on present form, will fail in this duty.”

He went onto say: “There are too many examples of the failure of the BBC to disclose to their audience the financial links between those being interviewed and the largesse of the EU institutions.”

In particular, the UKIP deputy leader is concerned about the large number of representatives of universities, trade and industrial organisations which receive millions in funding from the EU and are invited by the BBC to broadcast their support for the UK’s continued membership, yet whose payments from the EU are not disclosed.

“There is also the conflict of interest of BBC contributors who have been either European Commissioners or who have in the past been employed by one of the EU institutions. The EU pension rules state that if anyone in receipt of a pension fails to demonstrate loyalty to the EU can be ‘deprived of his right to a pension or other benefits.”