BBC on revelations: silence
[Price] claims that the media was bullied, browbeaten and bribed with favours to report Labour favourably and that the BBC reveals its questions in advance to Blair at press conferences in return for their reporters being chosen to ask their questions first.Yes, that would be the same BBC which proudly proclaims its independence from “political interests”. How, you might wonder, would the Blair government go about making such an arrangement? The Times doesn’t say, but the fact that Price himself was a former BBC reporter turned government aide certainly couldn’t have hurt. Given Price’s departure from the government in 2001, presumably he doesn't know whether this arrangement continued following Blair’s support for the Iraq war, but I’m guessing that the BBC probably discovered its “independence” again once it found its own agenda contrary to Blair’s.
You also might wonder whether the BBC itself, given the revered place it holds in reporting all the news worthy of being heard, reported on Price’s new book. It did indeed, although, strangely, the revelations about the BBC itself are notably absent from its report. Just an inadvertant oversight, I'm sure.