She said: “I’d just like to offer my heartfelt thanks and admiration… to all of those journalists working for the BBC, the ITV and other news outlets who are risking their lives to bring us unbiased and accurate news from a live warzone.”
Dorries added: “We will keep ratcheting up the pressure on Putin and I will use all the levers in my department to ensure that he is fully ostracised from the international community.”
Twitter users were quick to point out that the culture secretary has not always had such glowing words when it comes to discussions around the BBC.
VICE Executive Editor Matthew Champion quipped: “Nadine Dorries seems to have had her road to Damascus moment on what the BBC and other news organisations actually do.”
"I'd just like to offer my heartfelt thanks and admiration to all of those journalists... who are risking their lives to bring us unbiased and accurate news from a live warzone"\n\nCulture Secretary Nadine Dorries gives an emotional tribute to journalists \nhttps://bit.ly/3HR1ANP\u00a0pic.twitter.com/zwBgwFjJ6H
It’s great that she’s giving journalists the recognition they deserve, but it’s apparently taken a devastating conflict for the culture secretary to realise how important the BBC’s reportage is…
Earlier this year, she said “this licence fee announcement will be the last” amid reports it will be frozen for the next two years. The annual payment, which normally changes on April 1 each year, is expected to be kept at the current rate of £159 until April 2024.
She said that Vladimir Putin “must not be allowed to exploit our open and free media to spread poisonous propaganda into British homes”.
She added: “And that is why I wrote to Ofcom last week urging them to examine any potential breaches of the broadcasting code.
“Ofcom has since opened 27 investigations into RT, and they are now reviewing whether to revoke RT’s licence entirely.
“In the meantime, those investigations have been taken over by events and I was very glad to see yesterday that the channel is now officially off air on British televisions, after it shut down on Sky, Freeview and Freesat.”
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