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Johnson interview: how the BBC failed to uphold robust journalistic practice

Consent for the licence fee depends on showing integrity in tough times, says a former head of BBC television news

By Roger Mosey  

The PM on Marr on Sunday. Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire/PA Images

Election campaigns are inevitably a time when media organisations and politicians clash. The future of the country is at stake, and so is the future shape of our public service broadcasters. But this campaign seems to have been particularly nasty: fuelled by aggressive tactics from the parties, and amplified by social media. As is often the case, it’s the BBC which has found itself most in the firing line—though the imbroglio over a set-piece interview with the prime…

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