Despite a decision by UK broadcasting watchdog to take no action against BBC presenter Iain Lee following an on-air altercation between he and Libby Powell, above, of Christian Concern, the BBC Trust has upheld a complaint against Lee.
Ofcom received just six complaints over a controversy which led to Iain Lee leaving his BBC show, and did not pursue them, saying the interview was in line with “generally accepted standards”.
But this week Pink News reported that, in a judgement published this week, the BBC Trust upheld the complaints from hate group Christian Concern – finding that Lee “seriously breached” impartiality.
The Trust’s report says:
Trustees … agreed that the presenter did not show due impartiality in the conduct of two of the interviews and that their tone was unduly confrontational.
Lee, above, is now a presenter on commercial station TalkRadio.
Christian Concern is an extremist group which is strongly committed to opposing LGBT rights, speaking against equality on issues from same-sex parenting to anti-bullying campaigns, and opposing the decriminalisation of homosexuality globally.
Things turned fiery between the pair while discussing the case of a prison gardener who says he was “persecuted” at work, after getting a warning for telling inmates that homosexuals must repent their sexuality to please God.
In the interview, Lee asked Powell whether she was a “bigot” several times, and challenged her group’s anti-LGBT stance.
However, after Christian Concern encouraged its supporters to complain en masse about the interview, the BBC apologised and dropped Lee as a presenter, adding:
Iain Lee will no longer be presenting his shows on the station but we want to take this opportunity to thank him and wish him well for the future.
Hat tip: Angela_K