THE BBC has come under fire after broadcaster Andrew Marr’s setpiece New Year interview with David Cameron failed to make a single reference to the floods which have devastated Yorkshire and the North.
Shipley MP Philip Davies said the omission was evidence that the Corporation’s agenda was being determined by news events in London and the South East.
He also said the interview would have taken a very course if the river Thames, for example, had burst its banks. “Andrew Marr probably doesn’t know that the North has been flooded,” said Mr Davies. “This is further evidence of a southern-centric BBC run by a metropolitan elite.”
The programme began with an interview with Lord Falconer, the Shadow Justice Secretary, who said Labour’s reshuffle rumpus had provided “an amazing distraction” from the floods and the need for Labour to be an effective Opposition
However Mr Marr’s 30-minute discussion with the Conservative leader focused on the EU referendum, housing policy and the economy before Mr Cameron was asked about human rights abuses in Saudi Arabia.
A BBC spokesman rejected the allegation of “Southern bias”. He said Europe, housing and the economy were “major issues of national interest” and that the BBC had previously questioned the Prime Minister over flooding.
The spokesman added that the issue was on the list of Mr Marr’s possible topics to discuss with the Tory leader, but that the presenter simply ran out of time.
However London-based writer Paul Holmes tweeted The Yorkshire Post to highlight the omission and said it was very rare to see Northern MPs on such programmes.