BBC boss grilled over broadcaster strategy ‘Where are the Union Jacks?!’

James Wild criticises BBC over lack of Union flags

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During the Public Accounts Committee, James Wild MP questioned BBC chief Tim Davie on the number of flags used in the broadcaster’s regular programming. Mr Davie said the company is “proud” to be British as he noted seeing the flag at the BBC’s headquarters in central London. He said: “One of the things I looked at when I came into the building this morning was a Union Jack flying proudly on Broadcasting House, which it does on many, many days of the year.

“I have travelled around the world championing the UK.

“I don’t think there is any problem with the BBC in terms of championing the UK abroad.

“We are incredibly proud of it.”

Mr Wild interjected: “It’s always good to see the Union Jack flying.

“My constituents would expect to see more than one flag appearing.”

Mr Davie noted: “I just don’t see it as a metric.”

Mr Wild noted: “You may not but licence fee payers may do.”

It comes as Naga Munchetty has apologised for liking “offensive” tweets about a Government minister’s video call backdrop featuring the Union flag.

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The BBC Breakfast presenter, 46, said she had since removed the likes and that they did not represent the views of the broadcaster.

Ms Munchetty had faced criticism from some online following an interview on Thursday in which she and her co-host Charlie Stayt drew attention to a large flag and picture of the Queen visible behind Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick.

Ending the interview, Mr Stayt said: “I think your flag is not up to standard size, Government interview measurements.

“I think it’s just a little bit small, but that’s your department really. It’s just a thought.”


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Mr Jenrick, who was speaking via video call from Westminster, did not respond.

When the camera returned to the studio, Munchetty was seen attempting to stifle her laugher.

She added: “There’s always a flag. They had the picture of the Queen though. In the Westminster office, I am assuming.”

Munchetty later apologised for liking a series of tweets that referenced their interview and the flag.

She wrote on Twitter: “I ‘liked’ tweets today that were offensive in nature about the use of the British flag as a backdrop in a government interview this morning. I have since removed these ‘likes’.

“This do not represent the views of me or the BBC. I apologise for any offence taken.”

The BBC declined to comment further.

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