Andrew Neil Says BBC News Made Big Factual Error When Reporting on Corporate Cuts | UK | News


The outspoken presenter said that the end of The Andrew Neil Show had “nothing to do with the clippings” from society – despite reports on the BBC’s own news site that the program was l one of the victims of his cuts. Mr Neil fought back after the BBC News site announced his show would disappear from TV screens as part of cuts to the taxpayer-funded organization, including the cutting of 520 jobs.

The political correspondent made the statement in a Twitter exchange with reporter Lorna Cooper who was responding to another user and suggested the show was ended as part of the company’s savings.Ms. Cooper wrote, “Andrew Neil was not” sidelined “- understand your facts.

“The Andrew Neil Show is going due to cuts, but the BBC said he was talking to Neil about a new interview show. “

Mr. Neil responded by saying, “Thank you. But if we’re dealing with facts, my show that doesn’t come back has nothing to do with cuts.

“The BBC website was wrong. ”

He said the BBC News report was “wrong to group the disappearance of my show under the ‘cuts’.”

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The BBC said it is currently in talks with Mr Neil over a new BBC One interview series.

A BBC statement said: “We remain committed to Andrew Neil’s in-depth talks (as well as the budget, US election and other specials).”

“The Andrew Neil Show will not be returning but we are in discussions on a new series of interviews on BBC One. “

The former Sunday Times editor-in-chief has been a major political broadcaster for the BBC for many years and has presented This Week and Daily Politics.

Politics Live, which currently only airs on Wednesdays due to the pandemic, will return four days a week Monday through Thursday.

However, Mr. Neil should not present the program regularly.

This comes after the BBC announced 70 more job cuts in BBC News in addition to the 450 announced earlier this year, bringing the total number of job cuts to 520.

The BBC announced in 2016 that it needed to save £ 800million, of which around £ 80million was from news.

The company has since announced plans to reduce its “presenter pool”, while more correspondents will increasingly be called upon to work on a range of content.

Victoria Derbyshire’s BBC Two program was cut and it was previously announced that Newsnight, 5Live and Today would be affected as part of cost reduction plans and an effort to reach young people.


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