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The veteran broadcaster, who retired from Radio 4's Today show two days ago, says bosses "badly failed" to read the public's mood on Brexit and "simply could not grasp" why anybody voted Leave.
In an extract published in The Daily Mail on Saturday, he recalled the morning after the referendum, writing: "Leave had won – and this was not what the BBC had expected. Nor what it wanted.
"No nods and smiles when the big bosses appeared. No attempt to pretend that this was anything other than a disaster."
In the book, called A Day Like Today, he adds: "Bosses, almost to a man and woman, could simply not grasp how anyone could have put a cross in the Leave box on the referendum ballot paper.
"I’m not sure the BBC as a whole ever quite had a real grasp of what was going on in Europe, or of what people in this country thought about it."
Humphrys describes the BBC as being terrified of offending "‘fashionable pressure groups – usually from the liberal left, the spiritual home of most bosses and staff".
However, despite his misgivings, the 76-year-old says he has "no doubt" that the BBC remains a "tremendous and irreplaceable force for good".
Humphrys also reveals that he voted for Remain, after facing complaints that he was guilty of pro-Brexit bias during his BBC career.
The BBC does an excellent job, but many of its journalists have Conservative party connections and most of its panellists are centre-right. This means that they failed to take into account that the centre has moved, and it's actually much further left than they think it is
Didn't Humphrys get into trouble a few times for sexism, xenophobic comments? Not surprising he's against political correctness really.
Also, you do know that the Torygraph has always been horrendously biased towards the right wing establishment, don't you?
Finally, The BBC is neoliberal, not leftist. I get so #ing sick of people who don't know the difference.
originally posted by: gortex
a reply to: alldaylong
The prominence the BBC has given to Greta Thunberg and the Climate Change campaign , their obvious anti-Brexit reporting and the feminisation of the BBC in general highlight for me the BBC's Liberal agenda , Humphrys comments solidify that belief in my mind.
John Humphrys has a long history of service with the BBC so his words count more to me than the words of a commentator for the Independent.