17 June 2012
London mayor Boris Johnson's call in May for the next BBC director-general to be a Tory caused outrage amongst those who treasure the political independence of the Corporation.
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Interviews for the successor to current DG Mark Thompson are believed to be underway.
Last month delegates at BECTU's annual conference gave their unanimous support to an emergency proposition (text below) condemning Boris Johnson's attempt to interfere in the appointment process.
Political Interference in BBC appointments
"Conference condemns the public demand by Mayor of London, Boris Johnson,for the BBC's next Director-General to be a Conservative, as published in the Daily Telegraph on May 14th 2012.
"BECTU believes that the political independence of the BBC is vital to the pluralism of the British media, and to democracy.
"Conference therefore calls on the BBC Trust to ensure that all decisions about senior appointments are made without any political bias, and to appoint a new DG who will defend with vigour the Corporation's independence from government.
"Conference also calls on David Cameron to end the wider political attacks upon the BBC, and to dissociate himself from Boris Johnson's comments. We instruct the NEC to convey the concerns of this conference to the Chair of the BBC Trust, and to No.10 Downing Street."
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