Does the BBC pay ‘greedy’ MPs?
On 11 February 2015, the Sun attacked the ‘scandal’ of the BBC paying ‘greedy’ MPs to appear on some shows (when they’re not appearing just in their party political capacity). It described these payments as a splurge of public money and ‘Beeb’s bungs’.
This makes a good headline but is it true and fair? The BBC says not because:
- MPs are only paid for certain programmes – MPs are not paid to appear on programmes like The Andrew Marr Show, Today or Daily Politics, when they’re generally representing their party and explaining or promoting policies. But the BBC may pay if MPs present a documentary, or appear on shows such as Have I Got News For You or This Week where they’re going beyond their usual role as an MP.
- The Sun pays MPs to write for it.
- Sun journalists are paid to contribute to some BBC programmes.