The BBC has apologised for a breach of impartiality and accuracy on the Today programme.
Wow! What could it be? Last time we looked, far from apologising, the corporation had Nick Robinson acting as its roving defender-in-chief, fending off complaints about its relentless anti-Brexit bias and climate change alarmism.
Yet here it was. The BBC complaints director Colin Tregear has written to complainants saying: ‘I hope you’ll accept my apologies, on behalf of the BBC, for the breach of editorial standards you identified’ Under the news report headline – yes, a BBC apology makes the news – was a large picture of Lord Lawson.
James Harding departs; reason returns to Broadcasting House! Could the BBC have had a change of heart? Would it finally apologise for its environment analyst Roger Harrabin and his various outbursts, and his vendetta against Britain’s leading climate change sceptic?
We should not have held our breath.
No, the the BBC was not apologising to Lord Lawson. True to form, fearful of being seen to stray from its unbending ‘end of the world’ stand, this humble apology was not to him, but for the crime of letting him speak out at all. That was just in case anyone had missed the ‘on-air’ version. So the world has not shifted on its axis and it’s biased business as usual at the Beeb.