Ken Loach Accuses The BBC Of "Disgusting" Political Bias Ahead Of The June Election

"If you can't have a free and balanced press, I don't think you can have a free election."

80-year-old filmmaker Ken Loach has accused the BBC of breaching its impartiality guidelines by favouring the Conservative Party in its political coverage, and demonstrating a "built-in sneer" against Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

"The press and the broadcasters really do everything to denigrate him [Corbyn]," the I, Daniel Blake director told The Hollywood Reporter.

"I think the one thing that emerges is the bias of the press, particularly of the BBC, which is in such a very special position. It's disgusting... unbelievable. And they've really got to be called into question."

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Former BBC political editor Nick Robinson, who now presents BBC's Today programme, was recently reprimanded for his prejudiced tweet about Corbyn on April 20.

"No-one should be surprised that @jeremycorbyn is running v the 'Establishment' & is long passion and short on details. Story of his life," he posted on Twitter.

Responding to the impartiality row which resulted from Robinson's tweet, Loach continued: "He's a Tory! He was chair of the Young Conservatives at Oxford University.

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"I think it calls into question the fairness of the election. If you can't have a free and balanced press, I don't think you can have a free election."

Loach came out of retirement to direct Paul Laverty's I, Daniel Blake, an indictment of the Tory government and its "conscious cruelty" of the benefits system in the UK.

On whether he would make another film with a powerful political statement if the Conservative Party get in to power next month, he added: "I don't know. At this time of the day I think, yes, it's worth it. But first thing in the morning, I struggle."