BBC newsreaders 'have too much botox', says Tory MP
Published 08/09/2011 | 09:44
A British politican has suggested that some female BBC newsreaders have "too much botox"
David Amess said he found it annoying that "one or two" of the presenters would be smiling when presenting a "very serious subject".
The Southend West MP also accused the corporation of a left-wing "fervently anti-cuts" bias, "disproportionate" reporting of Israel, and paying executives "absolutely ludicrous" salaries.
Mr Amess told the Commons: "I don't know whether we have brilliant presenters.
"I would just say that it annoys me when one or two female presenters, I don't know whether they've had too much botox or something, when they are presenting the news and it's a very serious subject, they are smiling, which I find slightly annoying."
He did not say which newsreaders he had in mind.
The end of the digital switchover project in 2012 "would be a good time to think once again about how the BBC is funded", Mr Amess said.
But Culture Minister Ed Vaizey defended the corporation, saying: "The BBC is one of the finest broadcasters not just in this country but in the world. It sets a quality bar which is why we have such high quality television and radio in this country."