Sky News host Adam Boulton took a dig at BBC Newsnight host Emily Maitlis in a shock on-air outburst this morning. He told viewers: "Boris Johnson would lose an election if it was held today and no, I'm not doing an Emily Maitlis." The swipe comes after Emily Maitlis came underfire earlier this year for her opening BBC Newsnight remarks railing against the Government.
Maitlis’ notorious Dominic Cummings monologue in May was met with a significant backlash among Newsnight viewers.
At the time, she had used the opening of the show to hit out at the Government’s response to Dominic Cummings, who had drawn criticism for driving from London to Durham at the height of the lockdown.
The presenter opened the show by declaring that the Prime Minister's chief advisor ”broke the rules”.
She added: “The country can see that, and it’s shocked the government cannot.”
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Sky News host Adam Boulton took a dig at BBC Newsnight host Emily Maitlis this morning
The BBC later said that the opening remarks from the host did not meet the required standards of due impartiality
The BBC later said that the opening remarks from the host did not meet the required standards of due impartiality.
The scathing rant on the BBC’s flagship news programme received almost 24,000 complaints from viewers.
Boulton made the comparison to Maitlis as he mentioned "recent data showing a swing from the Conservatives to Labour".
He cited the latest Opinium polls that show a seven percent swing to Labour from the Conservatives.
Boulton explained that this would Boris Johnson's party around 20 seats short of an overall majority in the Commons
The swing in voting preference took place particularly in the so-called 'Red Wall' regions.
Boulton explained that this would leave Boris Johnson's party around 20 seats short of an overall majority in the Commons.
He said: "If Britons voted today, Boris Johnson would see Tory MPs reduced to around 295.
"Labour would climb to 272 seats and Conservatives need majority of 315 seats to form a Government."
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Boulton made the remarks as he mentioned "recent data showing a swing from the Conservatives to Labour"
This comes amid growing controversy surrounding the BBC.
Earlier this week, the Andrew Neil Show was cut amid huge job loses across the BBC, prompting backlash from viewers.
The announcement comes just a week after the BBC said it would be ending the universal free TV licence for over-75s from next month.
Furious Britons are now calling for the licence fee to be scrapped altogether.