Labour supporters complain of ‘broadcasting bias’ following first leaders’ questions event


Over 400 complaints follow Cameron and Miliband interviews

SKY News broadcasters unfairly interrogated Labour leader Ed Miliband in last Thursday’s televised leaders’ questions event, according to Labour supporters complaining of media bias.

The first leaders event featured robust questions on Miliband’s family and personal integrity from interviewers Jeremy Paxman and Kay Burley.

Over 440 complaints regarding the interviews were sent to Sky News, Channel 4 and media regulator Ofcom by viewers, according to The Guardian. (Click here to read more).

Left-wing commentator Owen Jones complained: “Funny how Kay Burley spent 20 minutes basically heckling Ed Miliband. Didn’t do that with Cameron, did she?”

Adam Barnett, writer at pro-Labour Left Foot Forward, described the coverage of the debate by media owned by Rupert Murdoch as “a direct intervention by a right-wing businessman in British democracy”. (Click here to read more).

Dr Jamie Cleland of Loughborough University, who is an author and social scientist, tweeted: “He’s [Miliband] definitely up against a media bias. So much Tory mud just ignored lately.

Labour councillor Mary Lloyd added that “media bias” against Labour “was the elephant in the room” during the event.

Earlier this month, former Labour spin doctor Alistair Campbell said the BBC has an “an in-built cultural bias” that favours a right-wing approach to the news agenda. (Click here to read more)

Complaints of media bias were also prompted in Scotland by the independence referendum, where the vast majority of print newspapers opposed a Yes vote.

Protests were held outside the BBC in Glasgow, where demonstrators claimed the news agenda was being set by the UK establishment.

At last weekend’s Scottish National Party (SNP) conference, former first minister Alex Salmond called for broadcasting to be devolved to the Scottish Parliament.

Broadcasters, including the BBC, say that political coverage is fair and balanced.

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