Boris Johnson wants ‘exuberant’ media after Channel 4 debate row

Boris Johnson wants ‘exuberant’ media after Channel 4 debate row

Boris Johnson wants ‘exuberant’ media after Channel 4 debate row

AFTER Prime Minister Boris Johnson missed last night's Channel 4 News debate on climate change, the broadcaster replaced him with an ice sculpture, leaving the Conservative party furious.

The Conservative Party have since complained to broadcast watchdog Ofcom over Channel 4 representing their party with an ice sculpture.

He added: "Decisions on granting, reviewing or revoking broadcasting licences are a matter for Ofcom". The general elections, initially scheduled for May 2022, were brought forward for this year at the proposal of the Conservative government, which aspires to recover the parliamentary majority needed to enable it to proceed with the United Kingdom's exit from the European Union on January 31.

"It is deeply concerning that a governing party would wish to restrict the free press".

In his letter, he said: "I'm urging you to call out this meddling and demand that whichever political party wins the next general election allows Ofcom to operate free from political interference".

Former Tory culture secretary Ed Vaizey added to the criticism, saying it is "not a sensible strategy for political parties to threaten broadcasters".

"Channel 4 News has refused to accept this representative, and stated that they intend to "empty chair" the Conservative Party if the Prime Minister does not attend", the letter said.

The climate debate attendees also included Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson, SNP leader and Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon, Plaid Cymru head Adam Price and Greens co-leader Sian Berry.

After the programme, Mr de Pear said: "It was very kind of Michael Gove to offer himself to appear on Channel 4 News this evening, and we always welcome him on the programme".

Taking part in an hour-long phone-in here on LBC, Boris Johnson said he simply didn't have time to appear in every debate. According to the TV station, the sculptures represented a visual metaphor for the emergency facing the planet as a result of climate change.

Boris Johnson and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn took part in a head-to-head debate on ITV on November 19, with some 6.7 million people tuning in.

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell accused the Prime Minister of "running scared" of being interviewed by Mr Neil.

Speaking to BBC Radio 4's Today programme, he said: "But even if he does it now, he's played you. because he pushing it later and later beyond the postal vote returns".

"That they don't need to be held to account". Unlike in the US, television broadcasters in Britain face strict rules on being politically impartial during election periods and can face fines if they do not comply. And so what he's doing now is he's avoiding, he's running scared.

On Thursday, Johnson refused to confirm whether he would specifically agree to a sit-down with Neil, saying it is "not my job" to make such decisions and that he will have "all sorts of interviews with all sorts of people".

Both Corbyn and Sturgeon have already had their interviews with Neil broadcast this week, while Neil's Q&A sessions with Swinson and Farage are set to air in early December.

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