BBC director-general Tim Davie, 54, says ‘everyone in my generation is walking a tightrope’

BBC director-general Tim Davie, 54, says ‘everyone in my generation is walking a tightrope’ over culture wars that are part of modern Britain

Tim Davie, 54, said that ‘everyone in his generation is walking a tightrope’Speaking at a FT conference, he said ‘cultural wars’ are ‘part of modern Britain’   Comes after report into Martin Bashir’s interview with Princess Diana 

The BBC‘s director-general said that ‘everyone in his generation is walking a tightrope’. 

Tim Davie, 54, was speaking at a Financial Times Future of News press conference on Thursday as he said that ‘cultural wars’ are part of ‘modern Britain’. 

He said: ‘About the cultural war… Welcome to modern Britain. It’s a game now that we’re used to listening to different perspectives and accepting different opinions. 

Davie added: ‘And I think everyone in my generation is walking a tightrope.’ 

Davie’s comments come after it was announced former BBC director-generals Lord Hall and Lord Birt will be questioned by MPs about the events leading up to Martin Bashir’s Panorama interview with Princess Diana. 

Tim Davie, 54, was speaking at a Financial Times Future of News press conference on Thursday as he said that ‘cultural wars’ are part of ‘modern Britain’

A damning report by Lord Dyson recently condemned the methods used by Bashir to secure his interview, including using fake bank statements to encourage Diana’s brother Earl Spencer to make introductions. 

The report suggested the BBC had failed to uphold ‘governance, accountability and scrutiny’ with its internal investigation, carried out by Tony Hall in 1996 when he was the managing director of news and current affairs and John Birt was director-general. 

The BBC's director-general said that 'everyone in his generation is walking a tightrope'

The BBC’s director-general said that ‘everyone in his generation is walking a tightrope’

Davie also said that he welcomed the launch of Andrew Neil’s GB News, which launches at 8pm on June 13 with a special programme. 

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