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BBC coverage of 12th of July parades in Northern Ireland

EDM (Early Day Motion) 159: tabled on 13 June 2022

Tabled in the 2022-23 session.

This motion has been signed by 5 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

Motion text

That this House notes the very clear message being sent by the BBC to Unionists in Northern Ireland which indicates that the Orange Culture and Heritage is not worthy of BBC attention; further notes that the decision not to revert to live coverage of the 12th of July parades only underlines the contempt that the BBC has towards communities in Northern Ireland as highlighted when, during the Queen's Jubilee coverage, the other UK countries had their flag displayed, the Irish Tricolour was shown; also notes that after this was highlighted the correction was to the Northern Ireland Football Squad as opposed to the Ulster Banner which is the flag used for Commonwealth Games and other Northern Ireland representations; calls upon the Director General of the BBC to undertake immediate education of the staff covering Northern Ireland issues to underline the impartiality does not mean eradication of anything British or historical in Northern Ireland; and further calls upon the Director General to issue an immediate apology and reinstate live coverage of the 12th in recognition of all those elderly and vulnerable who cannot make the parade but wish to see an event which is representative of every corner of Northern Ireland, from every age and every background covered on the TV as it has been in years gone by.