Owen Smith’s job at the BBC was as a result of being introduced to the corporation by his father, it has been alleged by Press Gang.
Criticisms were levied at the BBC that claims Owen Smith got a job there and his father Dai Smith did the same year implied that he got the job before his father did, when that was not the case as his father was already established at the corporation.
The Press Gang website raised concerns with the BBC asking for them to change the statement on their website, because in their view Owen Smith only got the job at the BBC due to nepotism. They also alleged that he had not been a member of the Labour Party for 30 years as he claimed, because in their view he only started getting interested in politics in his 30s.
Press Gang have now demanded that Owen Smith answer the following three questions:
If he’s ever been a member of the National Union of Journalists;
If he’s been a member of the Labour Party continuously since he joined at the age of 16; and
If he will, as Jeremy Corbyn has done, make his tax returns public.
A campaign calling for the sacking of BBC political editor, Laura Kuenssberg, for her “biased” reporting of Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party has been called “sexist.”
Jane Merrick is a former Independent on Sunday political editor said those campaigning against Laura Kuenssberg are sexist. “She has been called a whore and a bitch on Twitter,” she said about Laura Kuenssberg. “Nick Robinson used to be accused of Tory bias but he never experienced this level of nastiness.”
Such allegations of sexism have been denied by the person who started the campaign. “I have been accused of sexist trolling on Twitter,” he said. “I would like to reassure everyone that I am a passionate advocate for equality in all areas, not just gender equality.
“This petition has precisely zero to do with Kuenssberg’s gender.
“Regardless of the gender you identify with, there is no excuse for biased reporting and misrepresentation of facts when you represent an organisation that has been famed for its impartiality and balanced approach.”
Councillor Jonathan Bishop is a member of the National Union of Journalists and the Chartered Institute of Journalists. “It would appear that Laura Kuenssberg is biased against Labour, but with her reporting of the Conservative divisions on the same day as the Queen Speech shows it goes deeper than that,” he said. “Laura Kuenssberg has a record going back to 2009 of trying to create drama out of politics when in reality it is boring stuff that does not interest most people.
“If Laura Kuenssberg wants to dramatise politics then she should not be working for an organisation like the BBC which is meant to be objective and impartial, but should instead work for the tabloids where her style of reporting is the accepted norm.”