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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"

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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."

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