The writer of the anti-Theresa May song 'Liar Liar' has claimed a BBC editor asked him "not to go too heavy on the Tories" during an appearance on the channel.
Jake Painter, who is a producer and writer from the anti-austerity band Captain Ska, was on the Victoria Derbyshire Programme on Friday morning talking about the fact the BBC are not playing his song 'Liar Liar' despite the fact it was number one on the iTunes charts.
The song is currently sitting at number two, one place behind Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber's 'Despacito' but has been predicted to be the highest new entry on the Top 40 this Friday.
The BBC has said it will not be playing the song, which criticises the Prime Minister's austerity policies and u-turns on decisions like calling a snap election, because it would breach their impartiality guidelines.
On the show, Painter said he was "horrified" many other stations, as well as The BBC, are not playing his song.
When asked if The BBC "can't win", Painter said media organisations should take the risk and play the song as it is one of the most popular in the country at the moment.
"I must also add to that, that before I came on, your editor asked me not 'to go too heavy on the Tories'. I've written an anti-Tory song but apparently I'm being asked not to be too heavy on this interview which I feel doesn't really work out."
The editor of the programme, Louise Compton, has said on Twitter she did not speak to Painter and that she doubts her colleague said that either.
Meanwhile, the Conservatives have lodged an official complaint with the BBC to argue that the audience of the recent leader's debate – which did not include May – had a "left-wing bias", reports The Telegraph.
A representative for The BBC told Esquire they had no further comment to add but "The BBC of course is impartial and has clear election guidelines to follow in that regard."