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BBC is biased and bloated says MP Daniel Kawczynski

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A Shropshire MP has launched a scathing attack on the BBC for its jubilee coverage, claiming it is out-of-date and bloated.

A Shropshire MP has launched a scathing attack on the BBC for its jubilee coverage, claiming it is out-of-date and bloated.

Tory Daniel Kawczynski yesterday accused the corporation of bias and hit out at the salaries paid to some of its executives.

The Shrewsbury MP called for a Commons debate on the future of the BBC, which has acknowledged that its coverage of events during the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations was not to everyone's taste.

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He told the Commons: "I have a genuine concern about the way the BBC covered the jubilee celebrations, genuine concern about the skyrocket salaries of senior executives at the BBC, genuine concern about the bias of the BBC and genuine concern about the licence fee of £145.50."

He asked Leader of the House Sir George Young: "When can we have a debate on the sustainability of this out-of-date and bloated organisation?"

Sir George told him: "The BBC is an independent body and they are answerable for how they covered events such as the jubilee and the pageant and I understand what you have just said."

He suggested that Mr Kawczynski should apply to the backbench business committee for a debate on the BBC, which 'would be supported by both sides of the House'.

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The corporation received thousands of complaints about its coverage of the jubilee.

Responding to viewers' concerns with a message on its complaints website, the BBC said: "We acknowledge that not every aspect of our coverage was to everyone's taste, but across all the hours of broadcasting we have received appreciations as well as complaints."

The corporation said it would review its programming over the course of the celebrations to see how its programming could have been improved.

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