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Prince Charles meets Gerry Adams: Arlene Foster attacks BBC for 'lack of balance' in report

By Staff Reporter

Published 20/05/2015

DUP MLA Arlene Foster
DUP MLA Arlene Foster

DUP MLA Arlene Foster yesterday raised concerns with the BBC about coverage in advance of the meeting between Prince Charles and Gerry Adams.

She spoke to the director of BBC Northern Ireland following a report which outlined that the meeting could be controversial because of Prince Charles' role as Colonel-in-Chief of the Parachute Regiment.

She said: "The meeting between our future monarch and Gerry Adams is obviously a significant event. However, to mention that the meeting might be controversial because of the Prince's honorary rank in an Army regiment displays an outrageous lack of balance.

"Gerry Adams' role as a terrorist commander in the IRA in Belfast was apparently not worthy of mention in the report. Such an omission is inexplicable, given the prince will visit the location where his great-uncle Earl Mountbatten was murdered by the IRA in 1979.

"I have been informed that the coverage will be reviewed and I look forward to hearing from the BBC whether they believe this reporting was in any way balanced."

 

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