The Telegraph leads with BBC Trust could be stripped of power to rule over claims of bias
The BBC Trust could be stripped of the power to rule on allegations of bias, John Whittingdale has said, as he insisted that he does not have a “vendetta” against the Corporation. In an interview with The Daily Telegraph, the new Culture Secretary said that the BBC needs a “very robust system in place” when dealing with issues of impartiality.
It follows repeated claims by senior Conservatives of “left-wing bias” exhibited by the BBC in the build-up to the general election. Mr Whittingdale’s comments come ahead of talks with the BBC about the renewal of the Royal Charter, which will begin in the coming weeks.
The Guardian leads with “Barack Obama on Charleston shooting: ‘I refuse to act as if this is the new normal’”
Declaring that he refused to “act as if this is the new normal”, President Barack Obama on Friday called for a national moment of soul-searching over gun violence, in his second statement in as many days on Wednesday’s mass shooting inside a church in Charleston, South Carolina.
“More than 11,000 Americans were killed by gun violence in 2013 alone,” Obama said in an afternoon appearance at a national conference of mayors in San Francisco. “If Congress had passed some commonsense legislation after Newtown, after a group of children had been gunned down in their own classroom, reforms that 90% of the American people supported … we might still have more Americans with us.”
The Independent also covers this story: “Thousands come together in Charleston for vigil to remember nine victims of church shooting”
Sometime around 5pm on Friday evening, crowds of people poured into the centre of Charleston to take part in an evening of memorial, reflection and no little grieving.