BBC raps presenter for going soft on Ya’alon during Radio 4 interview

The British Broadcasting Corporation publicly admonished a presenter on its Radio 4 station on Wednesday for failing to adequately challenge Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon on statements he made during an interview shortly following the Israeli election.

According to the British newspaper Guardian, the BBC received several complaints from pro-Palestinian listeners, among them noted film director Ken Loach, who were upset over Sarah Montague’s chat with Ya’alon this past March.

“Mr. Ya’alon was allowed to make several controversial statements on those matters without any meaningful challenge and the program makers have accepted that the interviewer ought to have interrupted him and questioned him on his assertions,” the BBC head of editorial complaints, Fraser Steel, wrote.


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