Twitter users were in uproar after BBC News at Six did not broadcast prominent Brexiteer Nigel Farage’s defence of Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday – instead opting for a clip of MEP Guy Verhofstadt demanding for more clarification on Britain’s Brexit position. Brexiteer columnist Carole Malone wrote on Twitter: “I just watched Farage’s defence of Britain and Theresa May – it’s shameful the BBC didn’t run it.”
British author Martin Knight said: “BBC News at 6 just showed Guy Verhofstadt slagging off U.K At the European Parliament, but not Nigel Farage’s spirited defence of Theresa May.
“At this delicate time, you’d have thought our state broadcaster would give equal billing to a patriotic point of view.”
In response to Mr Knight’s comment, one person wrote: “Can’t imagine why the ‘impartial’ BBC wouldn’t have shown that but instead concentrated on the hysterical response of Verhofstadt who realises that the EU’s little trap has been exposed.”
Another person said the failure to broadcast Mr Farage was “not acceptable”. The Twitter user wrote: “@BBC @SkyNews Can you explain why you showed Guy Verhofstadt ranting on at the European Commission and not the powerful patriotic response from Nigel Farage. It’s not acceptable.”
While another said: “I had watched Nigel’s speech earlier but wasn’t surprised to find that the BBC thought Verhofstadt and clan deserved more air time than showing any retro by Farage. Their bias is so obvious.”
Amid the furious comments on the coverage, one person said the BBC is an “institutionally biased organisation”.
They wrote: “BBC 6 O’Clock News: Zero coverage of Nigel’s great speech. They did, however, show clips of Messrs Juncker and Verhofstadt during the same debate.
“How long do we have to continue paying a TV License to this institutionally biased organisation.”
A BBC spokesperson responded to the comments and told Express.co.uk: “The BBC continues to report Brexit impartially and features a wide range of different perspectives across our news coverage. Our journalists report independently and without fear or favour.
“It is one of the reasons why the public trust the BBC more than any other source of news.”
Mr Farage delivered a powerful speech in the European Parliament on Wednesday, pointing out no country would have agreed to sign Theresa May’s Brexit deal with the EU unless they had just been “defeated in war”.
Addressing President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, the former Ukip leader claimed Theresa May had made a terrible mistake in agreeing to the Irish backstop.
The prominent Brexiteer said the prospect of a no-deal Brexit had increased because of the attitude of Brussels “fanatics” who refused to compromise.
He said Mrs May now realised the mistake made in agreeing to the backstop, adding: “She signed up to something that no country – unless it had been defeated in war – would have signed up to.”
Mr Farage said there was an “appreciation in Britain that unelected bureaucrats in Brussels have been talking down to and humiliating the Prime Minister of our nation, and we don’t like it”.
He added: “Many will say we are simply dealing with fanatics who are not prepared to be reasonable and make any sense of compromise.”
Whereas Guy Verhofstadt, a Belgian MEP and the EU Parliament’s Brexit co-ordinator, claimed that a “cat fight” within the Conservative ranks is to blame for the current deadlock in London and urged Jeremy Corbyn to work with the Prime Minister to find possible solutions.
But as the two political leaders met in London on Wednesday afternoon, Mr Verhofstadt said talks must be more substantial than just ‘tea and biscuits’.
During an EU Parliament Brexit debate, he said: “I hope they will discuss content and it’s not only eating biscuits and drinking tea.
“It could be the solution to this problem if they start working together on a cross-party approach so we know what the position of the UK is in the future.
“We need a broad stable majority, which puts country before party.”