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BBC political editorial staff, UKIP and Twitter


BBC News Channel Editor Broadcasts Anti-UKIP Rant - Guy Fawkes' blog


VICTORY: BBC Pulls Anti-UKIP Editor From Election Coverage - Guy Fawkes' blog

Jasmine Lawrence is the editor of the BBC News Channel, where it is safe to say she has significant influence over the BBC’s coverage of the European elections and politics in general. Lawrence’s Twitter feed largely consists of retweets of Labour MPs and left-wing journalists. Today she has been sharing her thoughts on UKIP, joining those using the anti-UKIP parody #WhyImVotingUKIP hashtag to attack the party:

“Jasmine Lawrence was tweeting from a personal account. She has been reminded of her responsibility to uphold BBC guidelines. She has deactivated her twitter account and will now be playing no part in the BBC’s election coverage in coming days.”


BBC News Warn All News Staff Over Anti-UKIP Tweets - Guy Fawkes' blog

Which lead to this:

From:Mary HockadaySent:22 May 2014 15:59
To:Newsroom-Wider Management
Subject:Social media

A reminder that we have well established and very clear social media guidance that applies to all staff in news. It’s in the attached PDF and also here: http://bbc.in/1kZVjPk

Social media is now a vital part of our work, allowing us to get our journalism to new audiences, connect with people, and gather news as it happens.

But the guidance is clear when it comes to personal activity: “As a BBC member of staff – and especially as someone who works in News – there are particular considerations to bear in mind. They can all be summarised as: ‘Don’t do anything stupid’.”

I’d also specifically draw your attention to the following section: “You shouldn’t state your political preferences or say anything that compromises your impartiality. Don’t sound off about things in an openly partisan way. Don’t be seduced by the informality of social media into bringing the BBC into disrepute.”

Thank you, Mary

Well done the BBC.


Oh Dear, when will people realise that as a twit their twittering can be read by the entire planet?




I have no idea. She seems like a stupid student. I can't believe she is actually employed by the Guardian and the BBC.


Distinguished Member
Well, they employ Owen Jones.

Wild Weasel

Distinguished Member
Neither organisation would employ her if she didn't hold those views.

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