- Date: 08/07/19
- Daily Express
The BBC is facing a legal challenge over the way it monitors its impartiality amid accusations of biased coverage.
Crowdfunding group Stop BBC Bias is close to raising the £30,000 needed to seek a judicial review into the way the BBC meets its statutory obligation.
The case is being brought by ex-BBC producer and executive David Keighley. His News-Watch group has analysed the corporation’s coverage of issues such as Brexit for 20 years. The challenge comes as MPs urged viewers outraged at plans to scrap free licence fees for the over-75s to speak up.
People have until Friday to lodge their opinions with a group of MPs who will hold a public hearing this month.
Mr Keighley’s challenge is based on the fact that the BBC ensures impartiality by merely using two surveys of viewers.
“The idea that a small group of viewers in a survey thinks the BBC is impartial is different to it actually being impartial,” he said.
The BBC said: “The first [survey] is an ongoing monthly nationally representative survey by Kantar Media for the BBC that allows us to gauge public opinion on a regular basis.”