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Maria Eagle Criticises John Whittingdale’s ‘Bullying’ Of BBC | TV News

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Just after allegations that the Tory government are encouraging the BBC to sell their share of UKTV, shadow culture secretary Maria Eagle accused John Whittingdale of “bullying” the BBC and seeking to “undermine the independence of the BBC” as part of an “ideological dislike” of the corporation.

 

Eagle commented: “He has bullied the corporation over its editorial line on Europe, and continued his habit of dictating to the BBC what content it should and should not be commissioning”.

 

Last June, Whittingdale came out in support of the Leave campaign, writing to the chair of the BBC Trust that the BBC must be impartial in its coverage of the debate, something that the corporation insists is not going to be affected by the negotiations.

 

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