‘Snobbish groupthink!’ says the author. Nadine Dorries is tearing the BBC apart as she threatens to remove funding.
At an event on the sidelines of the Conservative Party Conference, NADINE DORRIES slammed the BBC for “snobbish, elitist groupthink.”
The broadcaster, according to the incoming Culture Secretary, is failing to foster working-class talent. She said the corporation’s chief executive, speaking in Manchester, needed to take action if he wanted to show the license price was worth it.
“I had an intriguing conversation with Tim Davie; the BBC’s perspective is that they will receive a settlement fee and change.”
“In my opinion,” she replied, “explain us how you’re going to change, and then we’ll give you a settlement.”
“We’re debating how the BBC can become more representative of the people who pay the licence fee.”
“It’s more accessible to folks from all walks of life.”
In his first speech to BBC colleagues since taking up the post in September, the corporation’s chief executive stressed that more needs to be done to reflect the entire United Kingdom.
“If we want to reach out to all audiences, we need to build an organization that is far more representative of the UK as a whole,” he said.
“We can proudly claim to be industry leaders in many areas of diversity and inclusion, but that is just not enough.
“There is still a significant gap between rhetoric and action.”
“I regret that we have not gone further to create a more varied and inclusive atmosphere in which everyone is treated fairly and equally.”
Ms Dorries stated today that while the BBC has admitted to having faults, it is now time for it to make changes.
“They have a group think,” she explained, “and it excludes those from working-class backgrounds, such as those from the north west, north east, and Yorkshire.”
“As a result, they talk a lot about diversity, but they don’t talk about students from low-income families, which needs to change.”
“I’m interested in seeing what organizations like the BBC are going to do to change.”
The Mid Bedfordshire MP accused the BBC of discriminating against those with a strong local accent and urged the broadcaster to do more to reach out to areas.
“It’s about taking a more equitable, less elitist, and less snobbish approach to who works for you,” she explained.
“As well as outreaching.” To uncover that talent, we’re reaching out to those communities.
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