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BBC: Political Impartiality

Question for Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

UIN HL10288, tabled on 11 September 2018

To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the BBC is not politically biased.

Answered on

19 September 2018

The BBC is operationally and editorially independent of government and there is no provision for the government to intervene in the BBC’s day-to-day operations. The government has embedded impartiality in the BBC Charter and public purposes. The BBC Board is responsible for ensuring the BBC delivers its Charter obligations and Ofcom, as the independent regulator of the BBC, is responsible for holding the BBC to account in fulfilling its mission and public purposes. Alongside this, the Ofcom Broadcasting Code requires all broadcasters, including the BBC, to report and present news with due accuracy and impartiality.