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Read this: The BBC faces major challenges from the government to its independence

Summary: According to the FT, Sir Robbie Gibb, a long-time BBC producer who left the corporation to become Theresa May's head of communications in No 10, and has more recently joined the BBC board of directors, warned Fran Unsworth, the head of news at the BBC, about the appointment of a journalist he deemed hostile to the government. In fact the well-trodden path from the BBC to Conservative party is far more marked than the traffic between the Labour party and the BBC. Three consecutive Conservative prime ministers have drawn their communications advice from former BBC staffers just as Sir Robbie Gibb served Theresa May, David Cameron's former head of communications Sir Craig Oliver was once controller of BBC News's English-language global services, and Boris Johnson's recent press secretary Allegra Stratton was a former political editor of Newsnight. - link

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