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John Humphrys says the BBC is too sympathetic on transgender issues

John Humphrys says the BBC is too sympathetic on transgender issues

The BBC is sympathetic to transgender issues where it should be detached, John Humphrys has said, as he accused the corporation of liberal bias.

The former host of Radio 4’s Today programme said the corporation is out of step with public opinion, making the same mistake as it did in the 1990s when it failed to understand the concerns about immigration.

BBC executives see the world “through a particular lens”, Humphrys said.

“If you take something like transgender, the mindset is such that we must kind of accept what the prevailing view is, except that their idea of ‘the prevailing view’ and perhaps mine and some other people’s might be slightly different.”

He said: “I happen to believe, personally, that there are not an unlimited number of genders. I believe we are born men and women.

“[I] feel slightly worried when large numbers of children are being told, ‘You think you might be a girl or you think you might be a boy? We’ll go and get you medical attention.’

“I’m uneasy about that and I’m uneasy about children being told in schools there are more than 100 different genders and it’s possible for someone to change gender overnight.

“I’m worried about where it’s heading. The BBC’s attitude with that sort of social development is to be immediately sympathetic, not entirely detached as it should be.”

Humphrys was speaking at the Cheltenham Literature Festival, where he is promoting his memoir after finally retiring from the Today programme.

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