Blue Peter – Lulu the Elephant 1969 – Peter Purves
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Peter Purves, 82, has hit out at the BBC’s news show, claiming the programme is “biased”. The actor and presenter made his television debut on BBC show Doctor Who in 1965.
He then moved into presenting by landing a role on Blue Peter.
However, Peter has now revealed in an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk that “it’s not my channel of choice anymore”.
Sharing his views on changes he’s noticed in the broadcaster since he stopped working there, Peter claimed: “I’m not slagging them off but it’s lost what it was, what it seems to stand for.
“I don’t like it, I don’t like its news, I think it’s biased, it’s not my channel of choice anymore.
Despite his concerns about the BBC’s news show, the actor praised the broadcaster’s popular drama series, including Line of Duty.
He added: “I do like the drama the BBC still does, I’ve just finished watching Baptiste, which I think was terrific.
“And you can’t escape from the fact that Line of Duty was a brilliant series as well.
“But there’s lots of other good work that comes out of television that’s not BBC, and you get the feeling that the BBC isn’t actually making a lot itself anymore.
“And that, I think, is a great shame.”
Peter also claimed the BBC has “lost an awful lot” following its move from the iconic Television Centre in London.
Many of its shows are now filmed at Media City, Salford, in Greater Manchester, including BBC Breakfast.
Peter said: “I think an awful lot of its ethos… I walked into the BBC Television Centre every time with my head held ever so high and I was so proud to be working there.
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“I don’t think people have that experience now, it’s lost an awful lot.
“I thought it was madness to move from London, that wonderful Television Centre, lots of people loved that and lots of people were proud to work there, and I don’t know many who would say the same thing today.”
It comes after a recent poll found that BBC is more biased than GB News, according to a survey of 1,000 people by CT Group.
Conservative MP Brendan Clarke-Smith told the Telegraph: “These findings chime with what I hear from my constituents, who are sick of being preached to by media elites who live lives very different to their own.
“They don’t want a news channel that speaks down to them or tells them their views and values are wrong.
“That’s why GB News has been so refreshing.”
In response to the poll, a BBC spokesman said: “Independent research consistently shows BBC News is the most trusted news source in the UK and we need to be careful about making judgements based on a poll where only negative responses are available and many respondents won’t have seen the coverage of other smaller news providers, whereas eight out 10 people in the UK used BBC News each week last year.”
When Tim Davie took over as the BBC’s director general last year, he vowed to “renew” the broadcaster’s “commitment to impartiality”.
He said: “If you want to be an opinionated columnist or a partisan campaigner on social media then that is a valid choice, but you should not be working at the BBC.”
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