Wild went on to reveal that the answer was zero, before asking Davie if he found that figure “surprising”.
“Well no, I think that’s a strange metric, but I have to say, one of the things I looked at when I came into the [BBC] building this morning was the union kack flying proudly on Broadcasting House, which it does on many, many, many days of the year.
“I have travelled around the world championing the UK. I sit on the private sector council for the GREAT campaign.
“I don’t think there’s any problem with the BBC in terms of championing the UK and Britain abroad, we’re incredibly proud of it. If you do wonder up Regent Street today, then have a look at the Union Jack flying proudly on top of the BBC,” Davie replied.
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As the tense exchange continued, Davie repeated that he didn’t see the number of union flags in an annual report “as a metric”, to which Wild responded by saying “licence fee payers might do”.
“Maybe in the annual report for this year, perhaps you could include some imagery around the union flag,” he suggested.
After the interaction was shared on Twitter, users were quick to point out that Wild did not have a union flag in his Twitter bio or on his website, describing his line of questioning as “hypocrisy” and “utterly embarrassing”:
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