EU law states that organisations that received EU funding must display an EU logo
Given that the BBC has received £22 million from the EU, UKIP asks where is the BBC’s EU logo displayed on the programmes that it makes?- UKIP MEP and financial affairs spokesman Steven Woolfe
•There is a pro EU mockumentary on the BBC tonight entitled “The Great European Disaster Movie”.
The mockumentary producer Bill Emmott confirmed on twitter last night that the production company had received EU funding for the film's dubbing and distribution across Europe.
The BBC has received 22 million pounds from the EU in the last 7 years though this does not appear in their public accounts. It does however appear on the Financial Transparency website of the European Commission.
Those who have seen the mockumentary have noted that it is very pro-EU in content and tone.
Responding to these facts, UKIP MEP and Financial Affairs spokes Steven Woolfe said tonight:
"BBC bias in favour of the EU 'project' has been obvious for years. However, figures on the Financial Transparency website of the European Commission now indicate just how deeply the BBC benefits from the goodwill of the EU elite. Between 2007 and 2013 the BBC was paid more than £22m by the European Union.
"These funds are not identified as EU money in the BBC's annual report."
“It is clear that some management in the BBC believe the supposedly independent news organisation must act as a propaganda agent for the EU.
"Many of the BBC’s fine and independent minded journalists and producers are no doubt appalled and embarrassed by this state of affairs.
"EU law states that organisations that received funding from the EU must display an EU logo.
"We see it on building, bridges and roads across Europe.
"We must look at what a £22m bung from the EU has done at the BBC.
"Given that the BBC has received £22 million from the EU, UKIP asks where is the BBC’s EU logo displayed on the programmes that it makes?
"We must now turn to the BBC management and ask a similar question: just how much has the £22m the national broadcaster received from EU institutions over seven years tainted their news coverage?
"The relationship between the BBC and the EU is far too cosy. For instance, Lord Chris Patten, a former European Commissioner, was until May 2014, the Chairman of the BBC Trust.
"And a few years ago, the former presenter of The Record Europe for BBC News, Shirin Wheeler went on to directly to take up a job as a European Commission spokeswoman.
"This state of affairs is a recipe for defending rather than questioning the established order of Britain’s membership of the political union, and it has got to stop. At least the BBC licence fee payers should know that it exists, hence UKIP’s call for clear EU logo on BBC programmes."