| Lewis Goodall |
|Alma mater||St John's College (Oxford)|
BBC impartiality row
On 20 August 2020, The Telegraph reported:
The BBC is at the centre of a fresh impartiality row after Newsnight’s policy editor wrote an article for a Left-wing magazine attacking the Government’s handling of the exam crisis.
Lewis Goodall’s piece for the New Statesman was billed on the cover as an examination of “how the Government’s ineptitude created a lost generation”, and headlined: “How a Government led by technocrats nearly destroyed a generation of social mobility.”
Goodall, a former Labour activist who previously worked for the Left-wing Institute for Public Policy Research think tank, laid the problems at the door of the Prime Minister’s senior adviser. He wrote: “We cannot know the extent of Dominic Cummings’ involvement in this sorry episode, and it may be that he was not part of it at all. But his approach encapsulates a method of governing that was on full display throughout.”
The article was signed off by BBC management, who insisted that it was within the corporation’s impartiality guidelines.
It was criticised by Sir Robbie Gibb, former director of communications at No 10 and a former head of the BBC’s Westminster unit, who said: “Is there anyone more damaging to the BBC’s reputation for impartiality than Lewis Goodall? This is so off the scale I don’t even know where to begin.” Sir Robbie’s brother is Nick Gibb, the schools minister.
Support on Twitter
On 20 August 2020, this tweet in support of Lewis Goodall appeared:
@lewis_goodall is an outstanding journalist particularly over past few months, his reporting on #Alevel debacle has been great, literally doing what all journalists should be doing, calling out this government. The fact he's getting pulled on this by #gibb is farcical.
A Document by Lewis Goodall
|Title||Document type||Publication date||Subject(s)||Description|
|Document:The schools scandal||Article||19 August 2020||Dominic Cummings|
|How a government led by technocrats nearly destroyed a generation of social mobility|
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