BBC clamps down on social media posts by staff

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he British Broadcasting Corporation unveiled new impartiality guidelines on Thursday after accusations that journalists and other staff have undermined its credibility via their social media accounts or by accepting lucrative offers to give outside speeches.

Staff, contractors and freelancers could face dismissal for “serious” breaches of the guidelines, according to the broadcaster, which has been coming under pressure from the ruling Conservatives over its funding and the politics of some personnel.

“Impartiality is the foundation on which we deliver insightful, exciting and ground-breaking stories,” new director-general Tim Davie said in an email to staff.

One of the stars potentially in Davie’s sights is former England footballer Gary Lineker, the publicly-funded corporation’s best paid presenter, who is an outspoken voice on Twitter.