In a surprising twist, former BBC stalwart Jon Sopel is adopting a critical stance towards the broadcaster who once counted him among its leading figures.
Commenting on recent BBC controversies, including inaccurate reporting about Nigel Farage and the broadcaster’s management of a scandal involving Huw Edwards, Sopel admits he should have been more discerning in trusting the BBC.
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The spotlight blazed on the issue earlier this week. It was revealed that information published by the BBC about Coutts Bank’s briefings against Nigel Farage wasn’t actually accurate.
Coutts, a constituent part of the partially state-owned conglomerate Royal Bank of Scotland-Natwest group, had allegedly been depicted by the BBC in a negative light.
On realizing the inaccuracy, Sopel, once a top editor at the BBC, made a public apology. Martin Daubney, a former colleague of Farage’s in the European Parliament, commended Sopel’s honesty.
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However, while Sopel was quick to offer an apology, others involved in the situation have yet to follow suit, including BBC editor Jack, who faced accusations of maligning Farage.
The Daily Telegraph reported Jack was seated next to Natwest CEO Dame Alison Rose the evening before the story broke, leading to speculation that she may have been the story’s source.
Both Natwest and the BBC declined to comment on the Telegraph’s speculation. Farage suggested the Natwest chief should be summoned before Parliament’s Treasury Committee to address urgent questions about her actions.
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In reflecting on the incident, Sopel offered a sobering critique of his former employer: “I think some of my colleagues in BBC News need to look at themselves. The BBC is a complex creature.”
“It’s naive to think of it as a streamlined organization where everyone knows what everyone else is doing. The BBC, in reality, is a collection of uncoordinated limbs and it made me wonder: ‘Does anyone know what anyone else is doing?'”