This is about the BBC News Channel itself, no specific programme or date. BBC News Editor James Stephenson has promoted a known anti-UKIP staff member, Jasmine Williams, to the position of Deputy News editor for weekend news. In 2014, Williams (under her married name Jasmine Lawrence) tweeted the following on 21 May, 2014:
#WhyImVotingUkip – to stand up for white, middle class, middle aged men w sexist/racist views, totally under represented in politics today—
Jasmine Lawrence (@journomummy) May 21, 2014
Screenshot and story here:
There can be no denying the fundamental connection between UKIP and the issue of the EU, so her views on UKIP must necessarily reflect her views on the EU. She will assuming her position in the last few weeks before the vote.
The BBC have a double standard here. In the run-up to the last general election, the BBC removed Radio Bristol presenter John Darvall from his morning programme and moved him to a ‘less news-based’ slot in the afternoon simply because he was recently engaged to a Tory MP. Story is here:
He had not publicly expressed any political opinions, yet was removed from his position, while Jasmine Williams has been reprimanded for publicly expressing political opinions and is instead promoted to an even higher position of responsibility and influence in BBC News.
The double standard is clear.