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The BBC is facing criticism after it invited its former economics editor Stephanie Flanders – a renowned Remainer – back to present the Today programme.
Insiders suggested the move was part of a bid to include more ‘Alpha females’.
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Miss Flanders was so vocal in her opposition to Brexit that she appeared in a TV advert aired a fortnight before the referendum vote urging voters to block it.
She also donated to one of the lobby groups behind a scaremongering billboard campaign this year designed to water down Brexit.
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However, these clear ties to the Remain camp did not bar Miss Flanders from presiding over one of the BBC’s most important current affairs shows.
The 49-year-old was a ‘guest presenter’ yesterday alongside Justin Webb and was lined up to take the helm again this morning – even though Today already has five permanent hosts, who are paid nearly £1.5million a year between them.
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Other critics said the BBC had breached its impartiality rules.
Miss Flanders was at the BBC for 11 years, but left in 2013 for JP Morgan Asset Management where she was paid £400,000 a year as chief market strategist for Britain and Europe. She quit that job in the summer and is poised to join Bloomberg as the head of its new economics unit.
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She is listed as one of the donors to a lobby group called Common Ground, which claims to be ‘fighting to pull our country together at a time when other forces are threatening to tear it apart’.
The BBC regularly brings celebrities in as guest editors around Christmas but usually gets stand-in hosts from its large pool of staff journalists. Economics editor Kamal Ahmed and security correspondent Frank Gardner presented Today over the summer.
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But insiders said it was trying to get more Alpha females on the programme and had brought in Miss...
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