MI5 and the BBC: Stamping the ‘Christmas Tree’ Files

2021-03-10T17:23:31+00:00By |Categories: MI5 and the BBC, UK|

If ever there was an example of ‘security’ factors being used as a pretext for political vetting, it is at the BBC. When their security procedures were revealed in 1985, the corporation said that vetting was restricted to a relatively small number of people who had access to ‘sensitive information’. But in reality a large number of BBC employees – ranging from Graduate Trainees and journalists to arts producers and drama directors – were vetted by MI5 via the Personnel Department.