Now this: the statement reported in the press (including Guardian) yesterday that the Tories would close BBC’s online operations if they came to power has been misquoted, according to a story on, where else, BBC Online. Conservative shadow culture secretary John Whittingdale said in another interview to BBC that he was “not saying the BBC website should be closed down, but needs to be examined against criteria in exactly the same way as every other part of the BBC“.
“It is far too premature to say the Tories would close down anything. We have not reached conclusions. We are anxious that this debate takes place. And we are at the beginning of it, not the end.”