BBC veteran blasts corporation for sending staff ‘around the country’

BBC veteran John Sergeant blasts corporation for sending staff ‘around the country’ to prevent claims of London bias

  • BBC veteran journalist claims he was sent as far away from London as possible
  • John Sergeant, 75, says the BBC applies an ‘ABL’ policy of Anywhere But London
  • Mr Sergeant called the Corporation’s policy ‘expensive virtue signalling’ 

The BBC sends staff ‘around the country at great expense’ to prevent accusations that it is biased towards London, one of its most senior former journalists claims.

John Sergeant, 75, who was chief political correspondent and reports for The One Show on BBC1, said the Corporation applies a policy of ‘ABL’ – Anywhere But London.

He said he was ‘invariably sent as far away from London as possible’ while working on The One Show.

John Sergeant, 75, who was chief political correspondent and reports for The One Show on BBC1, said the Corporation applies a policy of ‘ABL’ – Anywhere But London

The BBC moved a large part of its operations to Salford in 2004.

Speaking to Radio Times, the Strictly Come Dancing star called regional involvement ‘expensive virtue signalling’, adding: ‘I became irritated by the demands of ABL… a form of political correctness.’

A BBC source said: ‘The BBC is a national broadcaster. We wouldn’t be doing a very good job if we did everything from London.’

The BBC moved a large part of its operations to Salford in 2004. Sergeant said he was ‘invariably sent as far away from London as possible’ while working on The One Show

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