Carol Vorderman quits BBC show over channels new social media guidelines

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    Carol Vorderman has quit her Saturday morning show on BBC Radio Wales.

    The TV favourite, 62, has hosted the two hour and 30 minute weekend show since 2019 and has become a firm favourite with listeners. But Carol has now quit the programme.

    Carol is no stranger to criticising the government and is known for writing her political opinions on X, formerly known as Twitter. And her decision to leave the show after four years is down to broadcaster’s new social media guidelines.

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    The Countdown star confirmed the news of her exit on X on Wednesday (November 8). In a statement, she 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."

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    She added: "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.

    "I'm sad to have to leave the wonderful friends l've made at Radio Wales. I wish them, and all of our listeners, all the love in the world. We laughed a lot, and we will miss each other dearly. But, for now, another interesting chapter begins."

    The new rules were updated by the BBC after a row erupted about Gary Linker's political posts on social media earlier this year. The TV presenter ended up temporarily suspended from Match of the Day.

    The new guidelines apply to presenters who have “a particular responsibility to respect the corporation’s impartiality." This is "because of their profile on the BBC."

    It states that hosts must not endorse or attack a political party, criticise the character of politicians, or comment on any issue of political debate during an election period, while a show is on air. As well as for two weeks prior and after the series.

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