Last week over 100 Labour MPs signed my letter to Lord Tony Hall, the Director-General of the BBC, in protest at the censuring of Naga Munchetty. Few would have missed the furious backlash about the decision made by the BBCs Editorial Complaints Unit, which reprimanded Naga Munchetty for her comments in relation to congresswomen being told to “go back home”.
Serious concerns were also raised by journalists both within and outside of the BBC by broadcasters and journalists of colour, as well as by hundreds staff and the general public.
Over the weekend, reports suggested that despite the increasing backlash, the BBC were continuing to back the conclusions reached by the Editorial Complaints Unit. As Channel 4 News presenter Krishan Guru-Murthy put it, the BBC are “defending the indefensible”.