Carol Vorderman quits BBC radio show over new social media guidelines: 'I’m not prepared to lose my voice'

Former Countdown star Carol Vorderman says she 'was brought up to fight for what I believe in' after announcing she is leaving her BBC radio show.

The Welsh TV and Radio presenter said management had decided she should give up her Saturday morning show on BBC Radio Wales over a breach of the corporations new social media guidelines.

Vorderman has been vocal in her criticism of the Government on social media and has had several arguments on X, formerly Twitter, with Tory MPs.

TalkTV's Mike Graham, discussed how the presenter lost her BBC show with contributors Executive founder of Us for Them, Molly Kingsley, 'spiked' columnist Ella Whelan and Editor at 'The Spectator' Ben Lazarus.

Mike took aim at Vorderman for refusing to follow the BBC's new social media guidelines and curb her outspoken political views on social media.

"She's turned into a rabid, anti-Tory social media Twitterer! She just goes straight in with both feet"

Ella Whelan replied: "The state broadcaster is impartial - you can't mouth off, no matter how rubbish the Tories are!"

"Free speech doesn't mean you can say whatever you like, and there are no consequences. It means you can say whatever you like if you want, but you might get fired" Mike added.

In a statement, Vorderman said: “The BBC recently introduced new social media guidelines, which I respect.

“However, despite my show being light-hearted with no political content, it was explained to me that, as it is a weekly show in my name, the new guidelines would apply to all and any content that I post all year round.

“Since those non-negotiable changes to my radio contract were made, I’ve ultimately found that I’m not prepared to lose my voice on social media, change who I am, or lose the ability to express the strong beliefs I hold about the political turmoil this country finds itself in.

“My decision has been to continue to criticise the current UK Government for what it has done to the country which I love – and I’m not prepared to stop. I was brought up to fight for what I believe in, and I will carry on.

“Consequently I have now breached the new guidelines and BBC Wales management have decided I must leave. We each must make our decisions.

A BBC spokesman said: “Carol has been a presenter on BBC Radio Wales since 2018. We’d like to thank her for her work and contribution to the station over the past five years.”

Vorderman posted a statement on social media detailing her reasons for departing the morning programme.

Under the BBC’s new social media guidelines, presenters on flagship programmes including Match Of The Day (MOTD) and The Apprentice have been banned from making attacks on political parties.

The corporation said the guidance does not include contributors, pundits, judges or guest hosts but it has put through additional guidance for freelancers along with those not working in news, current affairs or factual journalism production.

Gary Lineker attends Wimbledon Tennis Championships (Getty)

The new guidelines followed a row over MOTD presenter Gary Lineker comparing the language used by the Conservative Government to promote its asylum plans to 1930s Germany on X, which led to him briefly not presenting the show, a boycott by sports staff and a social media review.

This month, Vorderman has questioned if the Conservative Party is the “sleaziest in history” and wrote on X that the public is “ashamed” about the Home Secretary’s recent remarks about homelessness.

Protesters hold placards outside UK Covid-19 Inquiry in west London (Getty)

Suella Braverman claimed on the social media platform that rough sleeping is sometimes a “lifestyle choice” and called for an end to “pitching tents in public spaces”.

The presenter has also been outspoken about the recent UK Covid-19 Inquiry and critical of how the government spent funds during the pandemic.

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