Maitlis was reprimanded by BBC bosses yesterday for breaking impartiality during Tuesday night’s episode of Newsnight, where she opened the show with a monologue condemning Dominic Cummings for breaking “the rules.” Mr Morgan took to his Twitter to support the star, as he firmly stated that the BBC’s handling of the situation is the reason he would never work for the public broadcaster.
The GMB host tweeted: “So, Lord Hall said nothing as the Govt banned ministers from @BBCNewsnight for months, but humiliates @maitlis for speaking the truth about lying Cummings? This is why I’d never work for the BBC – great journalists, cowardly weasel management.”
Other Twitter users also came out in support of Mailtlis, including Susanna Reid, as she said it was “not ok” for BBC to replace Emily with Katie Razzall on Wednesday’s programme.
The BBC released a statement that read: “The BBC must uphold the highest standards of due impartiality in its news output.
“We’ve reviewed the entirety of last night’s Newsnight, including the opening section, and while we believe the programme contained fair, reasonable and rigorous journalism.
“We feel that we should have done more to make clear the introduction was a summary of the questions we would examine, with all the accompanying evidence, in the rest of the programme.
However, Razzall has insisted Emily Maitlis was not asked by the BBC to take a night off from the show.
She tweeted: “Just for the record, Emily @maitlis has not been asked by the BBC to take tonight off – and if I thought she had been, I certainly wouldn’t have agreed to present the show @BBCNewsnight.”
Meanwhile SNP deputy leader Keith Brown said of the BBC’S statement: “This statement is a gutless capitulation by BBC bosses.
“Newsnight should be commended – not slapped down – for their serious investigative work on Cummings, that’s not something you could say about the BBC News at 10.
“Pandering to 10 Downing Street by curbing journalists from being able to hold the UK government to account is of serious concern.”
An SNP spokesperson added: “It’s ironic that the only apology over the whole Dominic Cummings lockdown breaches scandal comes from the BBC.”
Mr Cummings faced widespread backlash after he travelled 260 miles from London to Durham during the UK lockdown.
Cummings has been backed by Boris Johnson and explained that he felt the travel was necessary.
He has also said he harbours ‘no regrets’ about driving his son and wife, who were displaying symptoms of COVID-19, to Durham.
Maitlis this week accused Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Number 10 of ‘blind loyalty’ to Cummings
However, some viewers were outraged by the seemingly impartial comments from the journalist after reports of previous bias from the BBC.