It seems that news organizations in the U.K. were pressured to broadcast exactly what the government wanted about the Covid pandemic – even threatened with loss of their broadcast licenses. They were warned not to question the official government talking points. I wonder if this happened in our country.
“Yeah,” Sharman said. “It was a warning to basically say, ‘do not question the official government line.’ Now to be fair to them, they said, you can have opposition voices on, but you must present as ‘must intervene’ if there’s any danger of harmful or misinformation.”
“So did that essentially turn presenters at the BBC, Sky News into, essentially, representatives of the government?” Wootton asked.
“I think it did,” Sharman answered. “Not just on-air talent. I think, I think that warning affected all broadcasters. Most of the major broadcasters followed it and actually it was only the one or two little smaller ones who wouldn’t have that backup power who got caught.”