Margaret Thatcher’s so-called “covert battle” against the BBC was exposed: “Too often skewed!”
According to newly discovered reports, MARGARET THATCHER waged a “covert war” against the BBC because she considered the corporation’s news coverage was “biased and irresponsible.”
The BBC is thought to be less objective than GB News. According to a CT Group poll of 1,000 people, 42 percent of people believe the national broadcaster provides distorted news. Only 27% thought the same of upstart channel GB News, which launched in June with the promise of giving a voice to the voiceless.
It has since been accused of right-wing prejudice, and an Ofcom executive called it as “unapologetically biased.”
According to a poll commissioned by GB News, the British population, on the other hand, saw things differently.
It was discovered that 36% of respondents thought the new channel was prejudiced.
37% of those polled stated they had no idea.
“These findings coincide with what I hear from my constituents, who are sick of being preached to by media elites who live lives very different from their own,” Brendan Clarke-Smith, the Conservative MP for Bassetlaw, told the Telegraph.
“They don’t want a news channel that criticizes them or tells them their beliefs and morals are incorrect. That’s why GB News has been such a breath of fresh air.”
Margaret Thatcher’s “covert campaign” against the BBC was revealed in a 2014 story by The Telegraph, as the BBC continues to face charges of bias.
An “unstated purpose” of a wide assessment of the corporation’s finances, according to a series of Downing Street letters discovered by the journal, was to “knock the BBC down to size.”
Mrs Thatcher is said to have supported a series of drastic measures aimed at pressuring the BBC to become more efficient, including the introduction of television sets that only broadcast ITV and Channel 4, as well as compelling its stations to run advertising.
She reportedly met in secret with a Conservative-supporting BBC controller, who told her that the corporation was “contemptuous of politicians” and considered itself as “a state within the state,” according to the article.
According to documents acquired by the National Archives, the Iron Lady had similar feelings about the BBC’s coverage in the mid-1980s.
“The Prime Minister underlined her worry about the BBC’s journalistic standards,” according to a record of a meeting between Mrs Thatcher and Leon Brittan, then the Home Secretary, dated January 9, 1985.
“Too often, news and current affairs coverage was prejudiced and irresponsible; and some radio and television programs were.”Brinkwire Summary News”.