The whole point of the Director General of the BBC is that they are neutral - Harman

14 May 2012

Harriet HarmanHarriet Harman MP, Labour's Shadow Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport Secretary, responding to Boris Johnson’s column where he writes that the next Director General of the BBC should be a Tory, said:

"The importance of the BBC to Britain today is hard to overstate, and it is so trusted because it reports politics impartially. The whole point of the Director General of the BBC is that they are neutral.

"But just as Boris Johnson thinks he can interfere with the police, he clearly thinks he can interfere with the BBC.

"Boris Johnson should keep out of it."