Sue Cook, 71, slams BBC over its unbalanced Covid coverage

Ex-BBC star Sue Cook, 71, accuses broadcaster of unbalanced Covid coverage and pushing too hard to shut down UK by forever ‘wheeling out’ ‘Professor Lockdown’ Neil Ferguson over other scientists

  • Sue Cook, 71, was speaking to journalist Anna Brees about BBC’s Covid coverage
  • She slammed ‘unbalanced’ corporation and said she’d stopped listening to Today
  • Claimed ex-employer ‘wheeled out’ Prof Neil Ferguson ‘all the time’ to advise on pandemic and called him ‘discredited’

Veteran BBC presenter Sue Cook has slammed her former employer for their ‘unbalanced’ Covid-19 coverage, claiming they constantly ‘wheel out’ scientist Neil Ferguson before other experts.

The 71-year-old former Crimewatch host also said she had stopped listening to the BBC’s Today programme after becoming ‘disillusioned’.

Her damning verdict on the corporation came in an interview with journalist Anna Brees where she said the Beeb had changed considerably since she left in 1995.

‘One thing that annoys me about the BBC is the people they choose to platform and the people they don’t,’ said Cook.

‘I’ve seen some interesting people like Professor Karol Sikora, Carl Heneghan, Ivor Cummins… but all you see for some inexplicable reason is Neil Ferguson, all the time you see Neil Ferguson being wheeled out.

‘What a discredited… what a load of things he’s got wrong in the past. I would like to see some other people, other voices.

‘I don’t want to give my opinions on things, that’s not a BBC journalist’s job at all, the job is to giving everything a fair hearing and let people make their own minds up using the facts.’      

Veteran BBC presenter Sue Cook has slammed her old employer for their ‘unbalanced’ Covid-19 coverage, claiming they constantly ‘wheel out’ scientist Neil Ferguson before other experts

‘All you see for some inexplicable reason is Neil Ferguson, all the time you see Neil Ferguson (pictured) being wheeled out,’ said Cook

Cook also said she had stopped listening to the BBC Radio 4 Today programme after two decades.

‘After 20 years of listening to the Today programme, I had to turn it off a few months ago,’ Cook told journalist Anna Brees.

‘I don’t know what’s happened to the BBC. I now listen to Talk Radio because I get my concerns addressed on Talk Radio.

‘Everyone from the butcher to someone walking their dog past me in the street all say, “what is going on with the media?”.

‘It was such a privilege to work for the BBC when I first started out in the 1970s.

‘I was just knocked out by how wonderful it was working for the BBC. I’ve been so loyal to them for years and years but the last couple of months has really disillusioned me terribly.’ 

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