BBC Scotland presenter under fire following offensive tweets


by a Newsnet reporter

BBC Scotland’s Kaye Adams is under fire following a series of tweets she made about London Mayor Boris Johnson.

The high profile presenter, who hosts BBC Scotland’s radio phone in programme ‘Call Kaye’ allegedly tweeted that Johnson should “p*** off back to boarding school”.

Ms Adams, currently on holiday, is reported to have made a series of expletive laden tweets that have since been removed.

The messages have resulted in Murdo Fraser, deputy Scottish Conservative leader, questioning the political impartiality of the presenter and calling into question her suitability in a current affairs role at the station.

According to the Scotsman newspaper Mr Fraser is quoted as saying: “Anybody who works for the BBC as presenter on current affairs programmes has to be objective and politically neutral across a whole range of issues if they are to retain their credibility.  It is difficult to see how Kaye Adams can continue to present a current affairs programme in an objective manner when it is clear she holds such strong opinions.”

It isn’t the first time the presenter has landed in hot water over remarks that were deemed politically biased.  Last year the BBC was forced to apologise after complaints that a report on The One Show was biased against the Conservative Party.

According to The Daily Telegraph at the time, over 100 complaints were received about the item which asked whether “being posh” is “a bad thing for politics”.

Ms Adams who hosted the piece, reportedly said that if the Conservatives won the election “we will be electing a Cabinet filled with no less than 18 millionaires”.

The item showed people describing David Cameron as a “toff” and “unashamedly a Sloane Ranger”.

The BBC said at the time: “We received complaints that the item was biased against the Conservative Party.  We accept that the piece was not as good as it should have been. The One Show production team are aware of their responsibilities to ensure fairness in their output.”