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Boris Johnson knocks down Culture Minister Nadine Dorries after attack on BBC

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Boris Johnson slammed one of his newest ministers today after questioning the BBC’s long-term future.

Johnson insisted the “great institution” would last long after Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries’ attack on the media monolith.

She told a fringe event at the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester last night that the public broadcaster could be killed by streaming services like Netflix within a decade.

She also targeted the company for alleged nepotism and elitism – despite once employing her two daughters on her parliamentary staff.

Asked about Mrs Dorries’ comments, Mr Johnson told GB News in Manchester: ‘The BBC has been around for a long time, it’s a great national institution, I have no doubt it will be around for a long time to come.’

Johnson insisted the “great institution” would last long after Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries’ attack on the media monolith.

The culture secretary demanded change at the organization, saying the staff should reflect a broader demographic than just people

The culture secretary demanded change at the organization, saying the staff should reflect a broader demographic than just people “whose mothers and fathers work there.”

Bias at the BBC

The BBC has been repeatedly accused of bias by critics

In July, it emerged that the company had received a record 500,000 complaints from viewers in one year over concerns about the broadcaster’s perceived bias.

The figures were revealed in the BBC’s annual report, which acknowledged that ‘too many people see the BBC to be shaped by a particular perspective’.

The list of complaints was topped by Emily Maitlis with her monologue on Newsnight about Dominic Cummings in May 2020.

Ms Maitlis, while discussing Mr Cummings’ journey from London to Durham during the first national lockdown, claimed that Boris Johnson’s former adviser “broke the rules” adding: “The country can see that, and it is shocked that the government cannot.’

Her speech later sparked 23,674 complaints and broadcasting watchdog Ofcom warned the BBC that hosts should not ‘accidentally give the impression of expressing personal opinions’.

BBC Breakfast presenter Naga Munchetty, along with co-presenter and Charlie Stayt, also received 6,498 complaints after the pair appeared to mock housing secretary Robert Jenrick about the size of the Union flag in his office.

Ms Munchetty was later forced to apologize after liking social media posts in support of the on-air comments.

Ms Dorries, 64, demanded change at the organisation, saying the staff needed to reflect a broader demographic than just people ‘whose mothers and fathers work there’.

Speaking at a fringe Conservative Party event, the Liverpool MP from Bedfordshire said his ‘groupthink’ mentality excludes minorities and those with regional accents.

When asked whether the license fee will still be mandatory in 10 or 20 years, she replied: ‘I can’t see into the future. Will the BBC still be around in 10 years? I do not know.

“We can’t see into the future. It is currently a very competitive environment.

“You have Amazon Prime, Netflix and other agencies that come down the line.

“This younger generation coming through is definitely watching their television in a very different way than my generation was watching its TV, so who knows where we’ll be?”

Her comments about favoritism sparked an outcry from BBC staff, including presenter Clive Myrie, who used the Twitter hashtag #mymum to collect examples of staff not getting jobs through their parents.

Ms Dorries herself made headlines in 2013 when she was revealed as a backbench MP as one of 28 MPs who gave family members pay raises at the taxpayer’s expense.

The MP for Mid Bedfordshire raised her daughter Philippa’s salary, then 28, in the £40,000-£44,999 pay bracket of the £30,400 she earned as a constituency.

The one time I’m a celebrity… Get me out of here! contestant also paid her daughter Jennifer, then 26, up to £35,000 to work as a “senior secretary.”

In her fringe appearance yesterday, Ms Dorries insisted she didn’t want a ‘war’ with the broadcaster, but suggested she should explain how it will change before the next license fee settlement, which spans five years from April 2022.

Mrs. Dorries, who came from a working-class background in Liverpool to become a bestselling author and minister, was notable for the lack of opportunities in the arts and sport for children with a similar upbringing.

At an event hosted by the Telegraph’s Chopper’s Politics podcast, Ms Dorries, who has only been in her role since the September reshuffle, said she had “an interesting meeting” with BBC Director-General Tim Davie and Chair Richard Sharp.

“The BBC’s perspective is that they get a settlement fee and then we’ll talk about how they’re going to change,” the culture secretary said.

“My perspective is ‘tell me how you’re going to change and you’ll get the interchange fee’.

Ms Dorries highlighted a range of issues she had with the broadcaster, including a lack of diversity in the working class and perceived political bias.

“It’s about recognizing that access and lack of impartiality are part of your problem,” she said.

She said there was a “groupthink” at the company that “excludes the working class backgrounds.”

“North West, North East, Yorkshire – if you have a regional accent in the BBC it’s not very noticeable,” she said.

“They talk about a lot that has to do with diversity, but they don’t talk about working class children and that has to change.”

When asked how to go about that, she said, “It’s not about quotas, it’s just about a more honest approach and a less elitist and less snobbish approach to who works for you.”

Speaking at a fringe Conservative Party event, the Liverpudlian said his

Speaking at a fringe Conservative Party event, the Liverpudlian said his “groupthink” mentality excludes minorities and those with regional accents.

At an event hosted by the Telegraph's Chopper's Politics podcast, Ms Dorries, who has only been in her role since the September reshuffle, said she had

At an event hosted by the Telegraph’s Chopper’s Politics podcast, Ms Dorries, who has only been in her role since the September reshuffle, said she had “an interesting meeting” with BBC Director-General Tim Davie (pictured) and chair Richard Sharp

Ms Dorries told the event that the path from a poor background to the top of a career in the arts or media had “completed.”

“People I went to school with, from my background – I borrowed shoes to go to school, and people I went to school with who had done the exact same thing – one of them became Cher’s music producer, another went through a very well-known TV channel.

‘People with my background wrote books, wrote plays and did very well.

“If you want to do that today, you need a double-barrelled name, you must have gone to private or public school, or your mother must know someone, or your father must know someone, or you must have an affiliation with the BBC. .’

She added: “Leveling isn’t about regional growth rates, it’s not about connectivity, it’s about none of that, it’s about people.

“The people it’s most about are people from a background like mine who want to be the next Grand Slam champion, but can’t afford private tennis lessons; who want to be the next Daisy Edgar-Jones, but their mom or dad aren’t the head of entertainment at Sky; or they want to be Benedict Cumberbatch, but they don’t go to private school.

“I want to get back to those kids and find their way into industry.”

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