For seven years George Alagiah, who presents the BBC’s Six o’Clock News, has held an unpaid position in the Fairtrade Foundation as its patron. This organisation aims to help farmers in developing nations to sell their products on the world markets. The BBC who employs Mr Alagiah has forced him to step down due to its rules on impartiality.
He has run into conflict due to a programme he has made on the supply of food which could be seen as bias due to Fairtrade’s support for farmers in these poorer countries. A BBC spokeswoman told the Times online: 'The BBC has guidlines in place to ensure our reputation for impartiality is protected. That is paramount.'
Strange that, the BBC does not seem to see any link with a soft loan from the EU which contracts it to promote the it, nor does the BBC flinch at its shameless bias against UKIP in the Norwich North by-election.