Priti Patel: The BBC’s reputation ‘has been compromised’
Today’s political shows were dominated by the fallout from the Dyson inquiry into the BBC and its relationship with the journalist Martin Bashir. The findings of Lord Dyson’s report have already seen Tony Hall, the BBC’s former director-general, resign his post as chair of the National Gallery. The Home Secretary, Priti Patel, spoke to Trevor Philips – who will be replacing Sophy Ridge while she is on maternity leave – about the issue:
PP: The BBC itself – one of our great institutions – its reputation has been compromised… and they themselves will have to reflect upon the report, and spend a great deal of time, I think, looking at how they can rebuild trust and confidence… They will have a great deal of work to do.
‘All options will have to be considered’ ahead of BBC’s mid-term review
Andrew Marr also interviewed Patel about the BBC, asking her about whether the Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden would be considering reforms ahead of the corporation’s mid-term review of its charter, due in 2022. Patel kept things vague, but hinted that the BBC would be being kept on its toes:
PP: The Culture Secretary is absolutely right around governance, accountability, transparency… I think we also have to reflect that we live in the age of multi-media… This is the Netflix generation – how relevant is the BBC?… I’m sure there will be many many issues… I think all options will have to be considered.