Emily Maitlis marked the ‘Meghan Markle of broadcast journalism’ during a sudden stop | United Kingdom | New
Daily Telegraph columnist Allison Pearson has drawn comparisons between the former Newsnight host’s departure from the taxpayer-funded society and the Duchess of Sussex’s sensational exit from the Royal Family. Ms Pearson launched a scathing attack on Ms Maitlis and accused her of being a ‘budding star who turns interviews into a story about her’ after she left the BBC after 20 years.
It comes after Ms Maitlis slammed her former employer when she likened the BBC’s impartiality rules to ‘censorship’ after her stint on a daily podcast at rival broadcaster LBC.
Duchess Meghan also made a number of very critical comments about society following her exit from royal life in 2020.
Ms Pearson wrote: “I fear Maitlis is the Meghan Markle of broadcast journalism.
“While self-effacing presenters like Sophie Raworth quietly continue their work (I have no idea what Raworth’s opinions are), Maitlis aspires to be an American-style presenter with a trailer dedicated to her ego.
“He’s the budding star who turns interviews into a story about him.
“The BBC, which it now so absurdly condemns for bowing to the right, gave Maitlis a prestigious platform and an audience of millions.
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Speaking at the Edinburgh Television Festival, Ms Maitlis said: ‘Why did the BBC immediately and publicly seek to confirm the opinion of the government spokesperson, without any kind of due process? This makes no sense for an organization that is, admirably, reputed to be procedurally rigorous – unless perhaps it is sending a message of reassurance directly to the government itself? »
She added: “Put this in the context of the BBC’s board, where another active Tory operative now sits – the former Downing Street spin doctor and former adviser to BBC rival GB News – , acting as arbiter of the impartiality of the BBC.”
Speaking in another interview with The Observer, Ms Maitlis said of her current employer LBC: “Impartiality will be really important to us here. We’re not trying to do shocking stuff. We are not trying to shout opinions to the world.
“Impartiality, in its truest sense, is covering stories without fear or favor. I get nervous when impartiality is used as a way to silence journalists. Is it because you were asking questions you didn’t shouldn’t have asked?
“I don’t think that’s impartiality – it’s censorship. And if your journalism is going to suffer by staying somewhere where you can’t ask those questions, what do you do, right? In response to the criticism, the company issued a statement saying: “The BBC places the highest value on impartiality and accuracy and we apply these principles to our reporting on all matters.
“As we have made clear previously in relation to Newsnight, we have taken no action as a result of any pressure from Number 10 or the Government and to suggest otherwise is false. The BBC has found that the show breached its editorial standards and that decision still stands.”
Ms Maitlis first joined Newsnight in 2006 and her most famous interview on the current affairs show came when she sat down with Prince Andrew in November 2019 to discuss her relationship with the convicted sex offender Jeffery Epstein.
The interview saw her win Network Presenter of the Year at the RTS Television Journalism Awards in 2020.
She now works with Global alongside BBC correspondent Jon, who began his career at the BBC in 1983 as chief political correspondent for BBC News 24 and in 2005 replaced Jeremy Vine as main presenter of The Politics Show.