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Backlash as government stands up Channel 4 for eighth day in row

The government is facing criticism after it refused to send a representative to appear on Channel 4 News for the eighth day in a row.

Writing on Twitter, Hayley Barlow, Director of Communications at the broadcaster, said the government had not offered a minister to appear on their programmes for over a week.

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“We asked for an interview with a government minister on Channel 4 News to talk about the effects of coronavirus, but were told for the 8th day in a row that no-one would be made available,” she said.

Responding to Barlow’s tweet, Labour MP Dawn Butler said: “This is unacceptable!”.

This news is in keeping with a pattern of behaviour from the government in terms of its media strategy.

During the general election campaign, Boris Johnson snubbed Channel 4 by refusing to attend a debate on climate change, while he also avoided media scrutiny by hiding in a fridge.

The government is holding daily press briefings to inform the nation about the pandemic, but without full interviews.

Over 10,000 people have died in the UK from the coronavirus pandemic. Now, more than ever, ministers should be speaking to the media.

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8 responses to “Backlash as government stands up Channel 4 for eighth day in row

  1. Why would they put themselves up for scrutiny when the BBC, ITV and Sky allow them to make party political broadcasts?

  2. A nation is judged by it’s morality, integrity and sense of justice; by its fairness and concern for the whole of society.
    Sadly the present government lacks every single one of these attributes.
    In my 82 years on this earth I have never observed such an immoral, evil, deceitful and manipulative group of MP’s as those presently running the country.
    I cannot believe a single word any of cabinet, and of course PM say and, I am sure a very large proportion of the electorate also take this view.
    Why is no one allowed, in the media to take the government to task over it”s wholly inept handling of Covid 19, ir’s utterly appalling record on the NHS, immigration, etc.
    The only news service which presents the news fairly, objectively and with just and fair criticism is Channel Four. King may it continue.

  3. This will be forever known as the Tory Holocaust. They have abandoned us all and left us all to our own devises. I beleieve they are still implementing the #HerdImmunity stratagy. We hear it when the scientists speak. They are culling the elderly and vulnerable.
    WHERE IS THE SCIENCE EVIDENCE THEY ARE FOLLOWING. WHY IS NO ONE TELLING THEM WE WANT TO SEE IT FOR OURSELVES. WE HAVE THAT RIGHT. WE ARE STILL A SUPPOSED DEMOCRACY. Utter shambles total chaos.
    #NoConfidence
    #NoTrust. All we get is fudged number and Lies Lies Loes and constant broken promises. Daily blame on doctor nurses footballers and now the CHINISE who is next to blame the public!
    WHERE IS THE TESTING AND PPE

  4. This is what’s known as ‘actions having consequences’. Not only did Channel 4 News misquote (I believe deliberately) Boris Johnson in the middle of the General Election campaign – an action they were compelled to amend, they can hardly label themselves as a bastion of impartiality.

    The government is dealing with a pandemic. Even when journalists are using the daily news conference to ask questions filtered through a prism of trying to establish political culpability as opposed to asking the questions that matter, government ministers do their best to answer. The last thing they need is to be beholden to a Left-wing propaganda channel.

  5. Why do people keep going on. We don’t need negativity. That’s the problem with this country now. For everyone sake be positive. Doom gloom and despondency. Just give it a rest. There are a lot of people out there doing their best and doing a good job.

  6. To be honest, I stopped watching channel 4 news after the election campaign. The channel is so anti brexit, anti Boris, anti just about everything. It is a channel that is likely to drive you to suicide with its misery and lack of fairness. I feel they should either sack the lot of them and start again, or just close the channel down and make way for an unbiased one.

  7. This government has hid the truth and is scared to be held up for scrutiny as they have made one cock up after another in their inept handling of this crisis

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