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Thatcher's BBC Role Assailed in Parliament

November 05, 1986|From Reuters

LONDON — Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was accused in Parliament on Tuesday of trying indirectly to manipulate the news reports of the state-funded British Broadcasting Corp. through a campaign of intimidation.

During parliamentary question time the leader of the opposition Labor Party, Neil Kinnock criticized Conservative Party Chairman Norman Tebbit for trying to "subordinate the BBC by his smears."

Last week Tebbit accused the BBC, which is respected worldwide for its tradition of impartiality in news, of bias in its reporting of the U.S. air raid on Libya in April.

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