Mason Moore & Tom Ambrose | 24 October 2022
A BBC NEWSREADER who was born and bred in Stoke Golding, near Higham on the Hill and Hinckley, has been taken off the air after ‘a potential breach of impartiality’.
Yesterday evening (23 October), whilst presenting The Papers for BBC News, Martine Croxall remarked “Am I allowed to be this gleeful? Well I am”, around 90 minutes after it was revealed former PM Boris Johnson would not run in the Tory leadership race.
The remark was criticised by members of the public, some Tory Members of Parliament (MPs), and political commentators, including the former culture secretary, Nadine Dorries, who described the incident as “a lack of impartiality”.
Ms. Dorries expressed her frustation in a Tweet, saying: “The BBC is a public service broadcaster paid for by the general public who overwhelmingly voted for a Conservative government. This lack of impartiality demonstrates how deep seated the bias is.”
The Guardian reported that the BBC News are “urgently reviewing” the offending episode of The Papers which was broadcast on Sunday night.
A spokesperson for the BBC told them: “BBC News is urgently reviewing last night’s edition of The Papers on the news channel for a potential breach of impartiality.
“It is imperative that we maintain the highest editorial standards. We have processes in place to uphold our standards, and these processes have been activated.”
The Press Association (PA) later confirmed to many major news outlets, including ITV, that Ms. Croxall has been taken off air until an investigation has been completed.
Mike Graham, Host of TalkTV’s ‘The Independent Republic of Mike Graham’, said people who were defending her by saying she was ‘excited’ about it were ‘incorrect’.
He said: “You can be excited because there’s a lot going on, but don’t become gleeful unless something has happened that you’re particularly happy about. And she is clearly making out that she is incredibly gleeful about the fact that Boris Johnson has pulled out of the race, because that’s how the BBC looks at people like Boris Johnson.
“They think Boris Johnson is an abomination, and a crook, and he should be nowhere near public life. That’s what they think. And there’s the proof.”
Not everybody disagrees with Martine though as many viewers have shown solidarity.
One BBC News viewer, @peterbriggs, said he sides with her, and added “everyone was gleeful”. He said: “Oh, please. Everyone was gleeful. It would have been a disaster with @BorisJohnson back. We’re with you, @MartineBBC! #IstandWithMartineCroxall”
LBC Broadcaster, Shelagh Fogarty, stated any journalist not “relishing the drama of recent political events is in the wrong job”.
They said: “Want to put on record (for what it’s worth) my support for @MartineBBC. Any journalist not relishing the drama of recent political events is in the wrong job. I hope the BBC gets this ‘cos, y’know…news.”
Another added: “Oh come on, it’s obvious @MartineBBC was enjoying her job and showing enthusiasm for covering the historic political twists and turns. She simply said “am I allowed to be this gleeful?” – not “am I allowed to be this gleeful that Boris won’t be our next PM?”.
It is not yet known how long it would take for Martine to make a return to screens.
This follows a similar instance of Channel 4 news presenter, Krishnan Guru-Murthy being taken off air for a week after he was heard making an offensive comment off-camera about the Northern Ireland minister, Steve Baker.