Andrew Marr is debating leaving the BBC as he feels he may no longer be able to abide by the impartiality rules that govern the corporation.
In an interview with Ruth Wishart, he tells the journalist that he “thinks it will be very, very hard for people like me to carry on being completely neutral and completely sotto voce all the way through.” Last year he described the impartiality rules at the BBC as “very frustrating.”
I admire his candid attitude. As a state-funded institution, the BBC is supposed to abide by Ofcom rules governing what broadcasters can and cannot say. The fact that Marr feels so frustrated hints at a stated preference that the new Director General, Tim Davie, will adhere to the corporation’s founding principles of impartiality.