I read in your report (“BBC’s new boss says it needs to cut range of its output”, September 4) that the new director-general Tim Davie thinks “too many” people view it as “shaped by a particular perspective”, and sees correcting that as renewing the BBC’s commitment to impartiality.

But many of us think the BBC shifted its stance to the right following the Brexit vote, and has been moving rightward ever since, in an effort to cosy up to government and avoid the sort of fate Mr Davie seems to have in mind for it.

From his other comments regarding comedians being too leftwing, he makes clear his agenda is to reduce scrutiny, and mockery, of government.

Newsnight apart, much of the BBC’s current affairs coverage already strives slavishly for perceived political balance, often placing expressed opinions on a par with hard evidence.

A shift to the right seems unlikely to win back the younger audience it needs.

Steve Mann
Ringwood, Hampshire, UK

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