Sunday, June 07 2009
Jeremy Hunt has warned that Sir Alan Sugar’s acceptance of a Government position is “totally incompatible” with the BBC’s rules on impartiality.
Gordon Brown has made Sir Alan his adviser on enterprise, despite his starring role in the BBC show ‘The Apprentice’.
Jeremy, the Shadow Culture, Media and Sport Secretary, said, "Presenting a programme for the BBC and working for the Government on the same issue is totally incompatible with the BBC's rules on political independence and impartiality.”
And he stressed, “Sir Alan Sugar needs to make a choice between his role in The Apprentice and his role as the Government's business tsar.”
Jeremy has written to Sir Michael Lyons, the chairman of the BBC Trust, to ask who at the BBC gave guidance to Sir Alan and whether he had informed them that he was going to become a Labour peer.
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