Simon Jenkins writes in his opinion piece (6 April) that BBC director general Tony Hall went round the London “dinner circuit” after the Brexit referendum stating that BBC balance had “lost us the election”. While the BBC understands that this is a piece that by its very nature expresses an opinion, the words above are attributed directly to Tony Hall and presented as a quote by him. For the record, Tony Hall has never made any such statement or assertion. The words attributed to him do not reflect his view in any way. The referendum was hard-fought, and the BBC reported it impartially and fairly – something widely acknowledged during and after the vote. The BBC has no regrets or otherwise about its coverage.
Director of communications, BBC
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