‘The Brexit Bashing Corporation’: Boris blasts the BBC over its coverage of the UK’s EU departure

Boris Johnson has taken a swipe at the BBC‘s coverage of the UK’s departure from the EU , branding it ‘the Brexit Bashing Corporation’.

The Tory leadership favourite also tore into the broadcaster at a leadership hustings in Carlisle over its decision to strip millions of pensioners of their free TV licences.

He made a direct plea to the corporation to ‘look after’ older viewers who face having licences means-tested from next year.

Mr Johnson was quizzed on the BBC by Tory member Andrew Stephenson, who asked: ‘The BBC has been at the forefront of the assault on Brexit for some time.

‘They no longer make a pretence of being independent and balanced, in my opinion. 

‘So should something be done about the licence fee?’

Mr Johnson nodded and provoked roars of laughter as he replied: ‘The Brexit Bashing Corporation’.

Mr Johnson made a direct plea to the corporation to ‘look after’ older viewers who face having licences means-tested from next year

Speaking in Carlisle the leadership front-runner said: 'All of their highly expensive presenters mean that they can't afford to look after over 75-year-olds when it comes to their TV licence'

Speaking in Carlisle the leadership front-runner said: 'All of their highly expensive presenters mean that they can't afford to look after over 75-year-olds when it comes to their TV licence'

Speaking in Carlisle the leadership front-runner said: ‘All of their highly expensive presenters mean that they can’t afford to look after over 75-year-olds when it comes to their TV licence’

He then tore into the broadcaster over licences.

The Corporation said last week that it would strip 3.7 million pensioners of their free licences.

Under the new rule, only over-75s who receive Pension Credit will be eligible for a free licence from next year. 

Director-General Tony Hall announced the move, calling it a ‘difficult’ decision but one that was ‘fairest to the poorest’.

Director-General Tony Hall announced the licence fee decision, calling it a 'difficult' decision but one that was 'fairest to the poorest'

Director-General Tony Hall announced the licence fee decision, calling it a 'difficult' decision but one that was 'fairest to the poorest'

Director-General Tony Hall announced the licence fee decision, calling it a ‘difficult’ decision but one that was ‘fairest to the poorest’

But speaking in the Cumbrian city yesterday Mr Johnson said: ‘They accepted that as part of the deal – they are not children – they knew what the agreement was and they should stick to it.’

He added: ‘All of their highly expensive presenters mean that they can’t afford to look after over 75-year-olds when it comes to their TV licence.’

In a direct appeal to the broadcaster Mr Johnson then pointed at TV cameras at the back of the hall, saying: ‘Hi BBC. Look after the over 75-year-olds. Thank you.’

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