Andrew Neil spent approximately 15 minutes of an approximately 27 minute interview fixated on Jeremy Corbyn's past alleged support of the IRA followed by 4 minutes on defence policy which left very little time for the coverage of the vast array of other Labour manifesto policies. 8 minutes of coverage on nationally important election issues is not enough for the electorate to base their decision on or enough for people to base their opinion of Jeremy Corbyn's attitudes to those issues.Mr Neil spent more time badgering or interrupting Mr Corbyn than letting him answer the questions raised. In contrast, Mr Neil gave Theresa May a relatively easy ride in his recent interview with the Prime Minister which shows not only extreme bias against Mr Corbyn but also a abject dereliction of his and the BBC's duty to journalistic neutrality.Mr Neil should be censured and the BBC should reflect on its duty to journalistic neutrality as a publically funded public service broadcaster.
BBC Complaints - Case Number CAS-4389771-VXV641Dear Mr Cook
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The Andrew Neil Interviews have provided viewers with the opportunity to see detailed scrutiny of the policies and track record of the party leaders ahead of the General Election. The interviews have been robust and challenging, but have allowed the leaders time to respond in detail to some of the big questions facing their campaign and concerning their ability to lead the country.
Just as Jeremy Corbyn faced difficult questions over defence and security, his spending plans, immigration and his leadership of the party, Theresa May faced difficult questions over social care, the winter fuel allowance, her government’s failure to meet its promises on immigration and the deficit, and her ability to account for spending promises on public services. In both tone and content, Andrew’s treatment of Mr Corbyn was fair, respectful and entirely consistent with his treatment of the other leaders in this series. He will continue to apply the same level of scrutiny to all his interviews.
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