Nigel Farage: BBC apologizes to Farage for account closure story

  • By Katie Razzall and Emma Saunders
  • Tradition and media editor and tradition journalist

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The BBC has apologized to Nigel Farage for his inaccurate report on why his Coutts checking account was closed.

On July 4, the BBC reported that Mr Farage not met Coutts’ monetary phrases, citing a supply acquainted with the matter.

The previous UKIP chief later acquired a report from Coutts saying his political beliefs had been additionally taken under consideration.

He thanked BBC CEO Deborah Turness – who wrote to him – and editor Simon Jack for his or her apologies.

“It is not typically that the BBC apologizes. However for the BBC to apologize, I am very, very blissful,” Mr Farage stated.

“Jack says within the tweet that his data got here from a trusted, high-level supply. I’d say it might nicely be a really high-level supply. We’ll discuss {that a} bit later,” he added.

“Nevertheless, the data was discovered to be incomplete and inaccurate. Due to this fact, I want to apologize to Mr. Farage,” Mr. Jack continued.

When Coutts, which is owned by NatWest, determined to shut Mr. Farage’s account, he stated it gave him no motive.

On the time, Mr Farage instructed Radio 4 that the BBC had fallen into the ‘spin’ and he had been ‘canceled’ for his political beliefs.

Mr. Farage then obtained a doc analyzing his suitability as a consumer of Coutts.

The 40-page doc supplied to Mr Farage included minutes of a gathering in November final yr reviewing his account.

The doc flagged considerations that he was ‘xenophobic and racist’, and in addition raised considerations in regards to the reputational danger of getting Mr Farage as a consumer.

He talked about Mr Farage’s retweet of a Ricky Gervais joke about trans ladies and his friendship with tennis participant Novak Djokovic, who opposes Covid vaccinations.

He gave a number of different examples, together with his comparability of Black Lives Matter protesters with the Taliban, and his characterization of the RNLI as a “taxi service” for unlawful immigrants.

He stated having Mr Farage as a consumer was not in step with Coutts’ “place as an inclusive group” given his “publicly said views”.

NatWest Group boss Dame Alison Rose later apologized to Mr Farage for what she stated had been “deeply inappropriate” feedback.

She additionally stated she was commissioning a full assessment of Coutts’ processes on checking account closures.

Mr Farage has requested for Dame Alison to be questioned by MPs.

The Treasury has additionally referred to as a gathering with financial institution bosses over account closures, following the row between Mr Farage and Coutts proprietor NatWest.

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