BBC POLL: Do you agree with Sir Geoffrey Boycott the BBC’s funding will be removed? VOTE

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The 80-year-old worked as a commentator on Test Match Special for 14 years before he left the BBC in June. The BBC said Sir Geoffrey’s quadruple heart bypass was the reason he retired. However, he has revealed there may have been a deeper bitterness over his reason for stepping down.

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Sir Geoffrey admitted he felt “sad” the BBC now focused on political correctness.

He said: “They have sacrificed quality for equality.

“It is now all about political correctness, about gender and race.

“When you work for them you are wary and frightened of saying anything.

BBC POLL: Do you agree with Sir Geoffrey Boycott the BBC’s funding will be removed? VOTE

BBC news: The BBC came under fire for its licence fee (Image: GETTY)

“It is a minefield out there and that is sad.”

Sir Geoffrey warned the broadcaster may struggle in the future as he predicted one day “there will be a government come along who will take away the BBC’s funding”.

He added the broadcasting corporation may not fare well “out into the real world”.

Sir Geoffrey told the Daily Telegraph: “It is not run particularly well.”

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Sir Geoffrey mentioned a particular incident with the BBC that riled him last September.

While being interviewed about his knighthood by Radio 4’s presenter Martha Kearney on the Today Programme, he said he felt uncomfortable when domestic abuse was mentioned.

Sir Geoffrey was given a three-month suspended prison sentence and fined £5,000 in France in 1998 after his girlfriend was attacked in a hotel.

He said he felt the interview “spoilt” the special meaning behind his knighthood.

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BBC POLL: Do you agree with Sir Geoffrey Boycott the BBC’s funding will be removed? VOTE

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He said: “You expect better from the BBC, don’t you?

“But it’s not the BBC it used to be.”

His words come after it was revealed by Express.co.uk that the BBC has demanded a £1billion in extra funding following thousands of viewers cancelling their licence fee payments this year.

The annual report shows the Department of Culture was asked to increase the BBC’s borrowing limits from £1.05billion to £2.2billion during 2018 to 2019.

BBC POLL: Do you agree with Sir Geoffrey Boycott the BBC’s funding will be removed? VOTE

The BBC came under fire for “sacrificing quality for equality” (Image: GETTY)

New director general Tim Davie admitted switching to a civil system for the licence fee would cost the broadcaster more than £200million a year.

His comments came amid proposals to decriminalise the non-payment of the licence fee.

He added it was “a bit early for us to make assumptions about what the Government will or won’t do”.

Express.co.uk has contacted the BBC for a comment.


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