UKIP contest BBC decision to exclude them from Party debates on live television – its censorship!
UKIP Leader in Northern Ireland David McNarry, in response to clarification given by the BBC Director in Northern Ireland Peter Johnston, says this is a discriminatory decision against UKIP.’ UKIP have featured in all major BBC National Broadcasts of live television debates, including in Scotland and Wales, yet here in Northern Ireland we are excluded. It is clear the BBC cannot escape from their elitist conformity bias.
The Northern Ireland voter is the loser in all of this. UKIP are a large national party – winners of the European election and likely to secure more votes across the UK than ever before.
Our voice is national and our challenge is to the same old tired, not going anywhere Northern Ireland establishment parties. UKIPs voice should be heard on local live TV debates. To block us as the BBC is doing is totally disgraceful.
The public pay for the BBC to operate. The public should have a say on which party appears or does not appear.
The BBC decision is in sharp contrast with UTV who have invited UKIP to participate in one of their Leaders debates recorded live for TV later in the evening slot.
The BBC decision is unfair and a matter of censorship which is out of order.