BBC viewers call for investigation over Laura Kuenssberg and Fiona Bruce's 'impartiality'


On Monday, it was reported the BBC had launched an investigation into newsreader Martine Croxall, who had reportedly been taken off air on Sunday night after "gleefully" reacting to news Boris Johnson had pulled out of the Tory leadership race. During the news report, Croxall went on to admit to viewers "Am I allowed to be this gleeful?".

During her introduction to Sunday night's edition of The Papers, the BBC News presenter said regarding Boris Johnson's withdrawal: "Well this is all very exciting, isn't it?

"Hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the papers will be bringing us tomorrow.

"Am I allowed to be this gleeful? Well, I am."

Croxall went on to introduce her guests on to the show, before adding: "Can we even show you the front pages just yet, have they arrived? No, they haven't arrived.

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"It's all a little bit, you know, isn't it? Because all the front pages were probably out of date by the time we received them."

The presenter later went on to suggest that her comments may have broken the BBC's "strict rules".

"I shouldn't probably [laugh]," Croxall told viewers. "I'm probably breaking some terrible due impartiality rule by giggling."

At the time, viewers and many Tory MPs took to Twitter to share their thoughts.

It has since been reported that Croxall is being investigated by the BBC over her comments.

However, the latest news has sparked outrage among BBC viewers, and many have also called for the BBC to investigate Question Time's Fiona Bruce and politics presenter Laura Kuenssberg.

Taking to social media to air their frustrations, Patricia H tweeted: "Just read Maxine, newsreader, is to be investigated for impartiality. Please start with Fiona Bruce first question time is ruined b/c of her bias towards Tories." (sic)

"Interesting how when a presenter shows emotion for the fact the papers had to rapidly change their front pages you pull her off air," user @CMemories73 fumed.

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"Yet you allow Laura Kusenberg and Fiona Bruce to keep on being biased on their shows?"

While Laura added: "If the BBC are investigating Martine Croxall for impartiality over one comment, it’s about time they investigated Laura Kuenssberg and Fiona Bruce who can’t conceal their pro-Tory bias every time they are on!"

Chris asked: "Why haven’t Laura Kuenssberg and Fiona Bruce been removed for lack of impartiality?"

"Fiona Bruce & Laura Kuensberg should be investigated then. @BBCNews you can't pick & choose depending on which way the bias is. You long since abandoned balance. This is truly pathetic," Karen Norris raged. (sic)

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