The BAFTA television awards took place last night, with some Irish representation among the winners. Bad Sisters and Derry Girls both took home two awards each.
Anne-Marie Duff would take home an award for her performance in the former, with Sharon Horgan also picking up the award for best drama. Meanwhile, Lisa McGee and Siobhan McSweeney took home gongs for their work on the latter.
BBC criticised for censoring speech from Derry Girls star
Siobhan McSweeney, who plays Sister Michael in the show, used the platform granted to her on the night to criticise the way in which the people of Derry have been treated by their political leaders.
However, not all of that speech was broadcast on the BBC feed of the event.
What actually happened VS what the BBC aired. Tell me again how the BBC is unbiased? Why have they cut that out? @siobhni @scottygb pic.twitter.com/aAz6MeCg6p
— Jacob 🏳️🌈 (@OhHeyJacob) May 15, 2023
To my brother, to my mother and father who aren't here, but I'm going to be quick it has to be for the people of Derry. Thank you for taking me into your hearts and your living rooms.
I am daily impressed with how you encompass the spirit of compromise and resilience despite the indignites, stupidity, and ignorance of your so called leaders in Dublin, Stormont, and Westminster.
In the words of my beloved Sister Michael, it's time they started to wise up.
Thank you so much.
The British broadcaster would cut out all criticisms made of the various political leaders mentioned during the speech.
As you might imagine, this has not gone down well.
Even if, as BBC have claimed, this is simply a time edit (3 hours event into 2 hour show) they must, must, must recognise that this kind of edit at least makes them look dumb if not actively engaged in censorship? https://t.co/uSqQnDMKSG
— Alex Stewart (@AFHStewart) May 15, 2023
If the @BBC isn't biased why cut the clip
Retweet the heck out of this so people can see just how much the BBC manipulate what you actually hear in contrast to what is actually said! https://t.co/BiLgPsSjQ0
— Annie McGinley (@annie_mcginley) May 15, 2023
Shocking omission by @BBCNews https://t.co/XQfNHGhpxY
— Jane the Tartan Astronaut for indy🏴 (@MrsAstronaut) May 15, 2023
If you have any doubts that the BBC is now state-controlled, please take a look at the difference between what actually happened at the Baftas and what they broadcast. https://t.co/FGnizjvWJe
— Douglas Jackson (@Dougwriter) May 15, 2023
Who says the BBC isn’t a Government censoring and propaganda mouthpiece?
Listen to both videos. https://t.co/BbIcptGMCo
— Border Ireland for a United Ireland (@border_ireland) May 15, 2023
The BBC have a policy that requires them to be impartial when it comes to the criticism of particular parties or individuals in politics. This has landed them in hot water in recent times most notably during the recent Gary Lineker scandal.
They have been criticised for limiting criticism of the British Government, a policy that has not always been applied on the other side of the political aisle.
Incidents such as this are unlikely to change that narrative.