BBC viewer criticises Laura Kuenssberg’s New York visit
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The current face of the broadcaster’s politics coverage is thought to be negotiating a new role. A major reshuffle of the BBC’s on-air staff would see her move away from the political editor position she has held for the past six years.
Her planned departure, first reported by The Guardian, comes at a time when the future of the BBC licence fee is being negotiated.
In recent years Conservatives have accused the broadcaster of failing in its obligations to remain impartial in its news service.
They are demanding whoever replaces Ms Kuenssberg do more to restore the broadcaster’s reputation.
Wokingham MP John Redwood told Express.co.uk: “Can we please have someone who understands the whole range of opinions in the debate and gives the fair balance treatment of them?”
Another, who wished to remain anonymous added: “I was just like someone who wanted to present both sides of the argument, instead of just presenting propaganda the whole time.
“The whole thing is one-sided.
“Every day it’s the ‘daily net-zero show’ and anybody who questions that is put into outer darkness or criticised endlessly. And every week it’s the ‘I wish we’d remained in the EU show’ and you don’t get much else really.
“They don’t provide any intelligent commentary on economic policy, recovery from Covid and that kind of thing.”
Similar sentiments were echoed by other MPs spoken to by Express.co.uk.
Although, one said she was far better than other journalists at the corporation.
“I actually thought Laura was the fairest of the bunch to be honest,” they said.
Since taking on the political editor role, Ms Kuenssberg has led the BBC’s coverage on the Brexit referendum, two general elections, and the pandemic.
Viewers from across the political spectrum have all accused her of bias.
Amid concerns for her safety was forced to attend the autumn party conference season with a bodyguard.
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The corporation’s North America editor, Jon Sopel, this week said he was returning from Washington to London, leading to speculation he is in line to replace Ms Kuenssberg.
A BBC spokesman would not be drawn on Kuenssberg, but said in a statement: “The North America editor role is currently being advertised internally and the role will go through the normal recruitment process; it’s a bit soon to start speculating about the outcome of this, let alone other jobs which aren’t actually vacant.”
In September, Boris Johnson reshuffled his Cabinet, appointing Nadine Dorries as Culture Secretary.
The staunch Brexiteer has been a regular critic of the BBC.
Speaking shortly after taking on the role, she said: “The BBC has to change.
“Where they fail is on impartiality – I think the BBC themselves have probably sat down and thought ‘oh yeah, we do have a bit of a problem’.
“It’s on access as well – how can it become more representative of the people who pay the licence fee?
“There’s a lot for the BBC to address and we’re having those discussions at the moment, but the BBC has to change.
“How can it be more representative of the people who pay the licence fee and how can it be more accessible to people from all backgrounds, not just people whose mum and dad work there?
“Even the BBC have admitted themselves they’ve got an impartiality problem.”
Earlier this month Prime Minister Boris Johnson praised the BBC, describing it as a “great national institution”.
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