At last, BBC cov­ers story (just to down­play it)

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THE BBC yes­ter­day fi­nally re­ported on al­le­ga­tions that Jeremy Cor­byn had met a spy – but played down the claims.

The Cor­po­ra­tion faced mount­ing crit­i­cism over its fail­ure to cover the story af­ter it broke last week.

Yes­ter­day the BBC News web­site also re­ported on the claims for the first time.And the flag­ship Ra­dio 4 news pro­gramme The World At One fi­nally cov­ered the row. But the story was based around an in­ter­view with Czech ex­pert Svet­lana Ptac­nikova, who cast doubt on the al­le­ga­tions.

BBC Two’s Daily Politics also cov­ered the story yes­ter­day, ask­ing Labour MP Louise Haigh about the claims.

And the Cor­po­ra­tion’s web­site re­ported on Prime Minister Theresa May’s call for Labour leader Mr Cor­byn to be ‘open and trans­par­ent’ about his al­leged con­tacts with a Com­mu­nist spy dur­ing the 1980s. How­ever, at 6pm last night, the site listed it as only the 11th most im­por­tant story of the day – be­hind items such as the clo­sure of KFC branches thanks to a short­age of chicken.

Even the BBC News web­site’s spe­cial­ist politics page listed it as merely the fifth most im­por­tant news story.

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