BBC row erupts as Alok Sharma mocks ‘quiz show’ host over ‘gotcha’ Boris Johnson question

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Business Secretary Alok Sharma defended Boris Johnson against what he called “quiz show” questions from the BBC. The Prime Minister had been forced to apologise after he issued the wrong advice regarding whether people in the North East were free to mix with other households. Radio 4 Today show host Martha Kearney clashed with Mr Sharma in a tense exchange as he accused her of “gotcha” journalism.

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The minister said: “There is an element of slightly ‘gotcha’ about this in terms of some of this line of questioning.

“You are a flagship programme when it comes to serious news, it’s not a quiz show.”

Ms Kearney interjected fiercely: “Hang on, asking ministers about what the rules are for governing coronavirus?

“You’re not saying it’s a trivial as a quiz question, are you?”

Mr Sharma shot back: “No, absolutely not, but what I’m saying to you is what is important is people want to understand the precise restrictions that they have in areas that are most restricted.

“In this case they should go to the websites.

“The overall message is the rule of six indoors and outdoors, wash your hands, cover your face, make sure you maintain social distancing.

“I think people understand that.”

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