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Left-wing commentator Duncan Weldon’s appointment as economics editor of Newsnight – his career has  included a spell with deputy Labour leader Harriet Harman - has attracted strong criticism in some quarters, notably from Conservative MP Angie Bray, who sits on the Commons media committee. 
Lord Patten, the chairman of the BBC Trustees, has been forced into a ‘humiliating’ climb-down over his repeated refusal to appear before a committee of MPs, according to reports. Lord Patten was asked last summer by the Commons European Scrutiny Committee to explain the corporation’s coverage of EU affairs, but three times turned the request on the ground that it might interfere with the BBC’s editorial independence. 
The Spectator, by good journalistic digging – and persevering with a freedom of information request - has found that the BBC has been boosting its coffers by applying on a regular basis to the EU for grant funds.  The article homes in on the  huge potential conflict of interest, and points out that Lord Patten, the BBC chairman – the man thus in charge of BBC impartiality - is already in the sway of the EU because he receives a pension
One interview sequence is rarely definitive proof of BBC bias.
Newswatch’s latest survey shows that the BBC continues to ignore the case for withdrawal.   Only 513 words in 13 weeks of the Today programme were ‘come-outers’ talking about their views about withdrawal.

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Newswatch surveys: Since 2005, Today has carried only six minutes a year of those who support EU withdrawal talking about the subject

Newswatch has been monitoring the Today programme for approximately 6 months of the year since 2005. It is the longest-ever, and most detailed, research project of its kind. In the latest survey...

Newswatch figures show that fewer than one in 1,000 contributors in Today’s EU coverage were supporters of withdrawal from the Labour party or the British left.

BBC Director General Lord Hall told the House of Commons select media committee in a 
 
hearing in October that the Corporation was determined to deliver...

Latest Newswatch report: Today ignored UK Withdrawal from the EU, but gave multiple airings for those who want stronger EU ties.

Today went out of its way to give those who were opposed to change in Britain’s relationship with the EU – including Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg – multiple platforms...