VIEWERS of the BBC’s EU election coverage have slammed the corporation for ignoring the Brexit Party and focusing their attention on the Lib Dems and Greens.
They also believed the BBC’s presenters emphasised the successes of the two smaller parties at the expense of the surge in support for Nigel Farage’s party which swept to victory with 32 per cent of the overall vote.
While The Brexit Party won the most votes by a sizeable margin, the Lib Dems came in second on 20 per cent, Labour third with 14 per cent and the Greens on 12 per cent.
The Conservatives suffered their worst performance in an election since the party was formed with just 9 per cent.
Former UKIP MEP Patrick O’Flynn said: “I know it’s early, but I must say BBC coverage is missing the obvious huge story – the Brexit Party has won these elections and won them big.”
‘Dan’ wrote on Twitter: “The BBC coverage is disgraceful, they are ignoring the success of The Brexit Party. Instead they are reporting on the growth in the smaller pro EU parties. This is clear institutional pro EU bias from the BBC.”
Another wrote on the social networking site: “Your biased Euro election coverage was appalling, Alastair Campbell lied about Iraq, and continues to lie and spin against democracy, aided and abetted by the ‘impartial’ BBC. You know where you can stick your licence! I’ll save my roubles and watch YouTube.”
TV watchdog Ofcom had previously issued a note to broadcasters before the election, reminding them to comply with the relevant guidelines on election coverage.
“Ofcom reminds all broadcasters of the rules for election-related programming. In particular, broadcasters should ensure that they comply with sections five (due impartiality) and six (elections and referendums) of the Code, as well as the prohibition on political advertising contained in section 321 of the Communications Act 2003 and reflected in Section 7 of the BCAP Code.”
The BBC was also blasted for not challenging Mr Campbell over his attack on the Brexit Party’s finances.
During an interview during the coverage Mr Campbell claimed the party had “roubles coming in” referring to the allegation it had links to Russian money, allowing it to pay for rallies, social media and advertising campaigns.
‘PLATFORM FOR ACAMPBELL’
Duncan Aldred said on Twitter: “BBC coverage appears to be a platform for ACampbell to preach remain and spin that tonight is a result in favour of remain? Reality is that Brexit party has smashed all comers. Come on BBC. This is very poor and very bias journalism.” [sic].
Another wrote: “Alastair Campbell cannot be allowed to get away scot free with that smear.”
Mark Vipond said: “BBC News currently doing an outstanding job of not mentioning the Brexit Party in its coverage.
“They’ve just spent half an hour telling us how great the Lib Dems are doing in London.”
But some thought the BBC coverage had been too heavily biased towards a pro-Brexit stance.
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The Liberal Democrats said: “Delighted to have been allowed about 5 minutes of discussion over the BBC’s election night coverage, given we are only on course to be 2nd in terms of votes and seats with our best ever result in European Elections.”
The Sun Online has approached both the BBC and The Brexit Party for comment.
Ofcom said no figures on the number of complaints it has received were not yet available.
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