|This is What the Conservatives Do Not Want Us To See|
If They Were Comfortable With The Level Of Spending Cuts
Then They Would Not be phased by a picture of giant scissors!
The decision to scrap the BBC cuts logo coincides with a series of meetings with senior Conservatives about the broadcaster's coverage of the Coalition's economic policies.
The forthcoming series of programmes, which starts this week, will examine the implications of the Government’s spending review and each programme was to be marked with an onscreen logo of a giant pair of scissors.
The decision to scrap the motif has angered some staff who believe bosses have compromised the BBC’s impartiality by bowing to political pressure.
Mark Thompson, the BBC’s director general, visited Downing Street last Thursday for a meeting with David Cameron’s strategy chief Steve Hilton about the “spending review season”.
Mr Hilton is understood to have urged Mr Thompson not to present the spending cuts in an unfavourable light and to emphasise that Labour would have been forced to make similar savings had the party remained in power.
Helen Boaden, director of BBC news, took the decision to cut the logo after a meeting with Mark Byford, the deputy director general and head of journalism.
Miss Boaden had lunched with Andy Coulson, Mr Cameron’s press chief, earlier the same day.
Senior Conservative Cabinet ministers are privately furious at the perceived bias of the BBC when reporting the Coalition’s public spending plans.
But the decision to scrap the logo is likely to fuel allegations that the BBC is seeking to "cosy up" to Mr Cameron in an attempt to avoid the swingeing cuts facing the rest of the public sector.
Martin Bell, the former broadcaster and independent MP, raised concerns over the implications for the BBC’s impartiality after details of Mr Thompson’s meeting with Mr Hilton emerged.
He said: "If the result of this is a more government-friendly BBC than they otherwise would have been, then in my view that would be selling the crown jewels of the corporation."
The BBC denied that the decision to scrap the logo was connected with Mr Thompson's visit to Downing Street. A spokeswoman said: "It is categorically untrue that the decision about the scissors logo was made after to the Director General's visit to Downing Street. The decision was entirely unconnected with the meeting."
This has Cameron's and the highly dubious Andy Coulson's paw prints all over it and the logo should be replaced. Coulson is fighting for his political career after new witnesses over phone hacking allegations have surfaced.
Source: The Telegraph