The BBC has responded to criticisms made by former Newsnight presenter Emily Maitlis.
In a lecture at the Edinburgh international TV festival, Maitlis accused the BBC’s board of containing ‘active Tory agents’, namely Sir Robbie Glib, that shape the broadcaster’s output and in one instance caved to accusations of impartiality.
The BBC has since told multiple outlets that it denies the accusations, saying: “The BBC places the highest value on due impartiality and accuracy and we apply these principles to our reporting on all issues.
“As we have made clear previously in relation to Newsnight we did not take action as a result of any pressure from Number 10 or Government and to suggest otherwise is wrong.
“The BBC found the programme breached its editorial standards and that decision still stands.”