Tory MP asks BBC director general why no union jacks featured in corporation’s annual report


A Conservative MP has asked why the BBC‘s annual report does not feature any images of the union jack.

In a discussion on the BBC’s role as a representative of Britain on the world stage, James Wild MP asked new director-general Tim Davie more than once why no flags featured.

Mr Davie said the number of flags was a “strange metric” by which to measure the BBC’s British credentials, adding there was “no problem” with the BBC’s role “championing Britain abroad”.

He said he had not been briefed on the matter before the meeting of the Public Accounts Committee, but added that a union flag flies above the BBC headquarters in London on many days of the year.

Mr Wild, a Norfolk MP of the 2019 intake, referenced last week’s dispute over mockery of a minister’s flag by BBC Breakfast hosts, and said his constituents would “expect to see probably more than one flag” appearing in the report.


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