BBC Trust chairman attacks politicians over Gaza appeal pressure
The chairman of the BBC Trust has attacked political criticism of the controversial decision not to broadcast a Gaza charity appeal.
Sir Michael Lyons told businessmen and women that the BBC faced "undue external pressure" over its refusal to show the Disasters Emergency Committee appeal. Speaking to the Cardiff Business Club, he said he had supported director-general Mark Thompson's decision despite "intense controversy".
Sir Michael said: "I began to feel that some of the political criticism of his decision was crossing the delicate line between fair comment and undue interference in the editorial independence of the BBC.
"At that point I thought, and still do, that a red card was in order."
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Brit Discovers His Backbone
I think a genteel round of applause is in order: