BBC allows Boris Johnson interview on Andrew Marr Show

Henrietta Strickland
November 30, 2019

The BBC has told Boris Johnson that he can not appear on Sunday morning's Andrew Marr Show until he sets a date to be grilled by Andrew Neil in a prime time interview on BBC1.

The BBC said its first priority "must be its audience".

Appearing on BBC One's breakfast show on Friday, Mr McDonnell went on the attack as he accused the PM of trying to avoid being interviewed until after postal voting in the election has begun.

Johnson offered to appear on Marr's programme, but the broadcaster turned him down because he would not submit himself to examination by Neil, the Daily Telegraph reported.

"In the wake of a major terrorist incident, we believe it is now in the public interest that the prime minister should be interviewed on our flagship Sunday political programme".

A BBC source told The Daily Telegraph: "He won't be doing Marr until we have confirmed and announced a date for the Neil interview".

The corporation's decision to schedule the interview with Marr has been criticised by Labour.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon took part in 30-minute interviews with Mr Neil earlier this week.

Ben Bradshaw, a former Labour culture secretary and candidate in Exeter, tweeted: 'This is a shameful & abject surrender by the BBC management, which will leave professional BBC journalists absolutely horrified and in despair with an organisation where morale is already at rock bottom'. But this decision is wrong. So I think you need to start looking at yourselves, about what you should be doing to hold him to account. He's playing the BBC.

The prime minister also refused to appear on Channel 4 News's climate change debate on Thursday, where he was replaced with a melting ice sculpture.

The BBC's interview with Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson is set to air on 4 December.

The Conservatives, Labour and the Liberal Democrats cancelled campaign events after two people were killed during the knife rampage.

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