Carol Vorderman's BBC exit: Here's why she decided to leave after 5 years

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Carol Vorderman's resignation from the BBC involves a certain new clause imposed on its employees. Here's what it is.

BBC’s roster of newsreaders and presenters is perhaps the most famous media people out there. The prestige of working with one of the finest news channels in the world might seem like a piece of cake. But that is far from the truth.

Like any other broadcasting network, the BBC team has its fair share of drama that happens. And recently, it involved the resignation of one of its popular BBC Radio Wales hosts. Carol Vorderman has officially quit BBC. And her reason for doing so is political. Here’s what happened.

Carol Vorderman quits the BBC

The reason for Vorderman’s infamous decision to leave the show she headlined is none other than the corporation’s ‘new social media guidelines’. In her own words, she does not ‘want to be silenced’ by BBC. Carol Vorderman, who is very vocal about her political stance isn’t someone who shies away from posting her opinions about the government and the way it runs the country.

Carol, who is infamous for her dating life, and having five ‘special friends’, has put a stop to her thriving career because of a certain ‘Linekar clause’ that was updated on the guidelines of the BBC. This clause is part of its social media guidelines in an attempt to prevent high-profile presenters from declaring strong political views online.

Carol’s beef with the BBC

Despite being THE BBC, the BBC isn’t new to drama or controversy. From an explosive BBC teen photo affair that happened earlier this year to all the mystery around Carol Kirkwood’s secret feud with a co-star, BBC has it all. And Carol Vorderman’s resignation is not much compared to the monumental controversies that BBC battles year after year.

Vorderman, however, said that she respected BBC’s guidelines, but wasn’t willing to adhere to them. Carol has described the government as ‘a lying bunch of greedy, corrupt, destructive, hateful, divisive, gaslighting crooks’. And she said the following about her resignation, as per The Guardian.

“(She was) not prepared to lose my voice on social media, change who I am, or lose the ability to express the strong beliefs I hold about the political turmoil this country finds itself in”.

Carol’s resignation note

Carol who declared her official resignation on X, formerly known as Twitter, took to the social media platform to elaborate her reasons for quitting. Amidst her long resignation, she took the time out to thank her friends and well-wishers and sent them her love. And she revealed that she is happy to embrace a new interesting chapter in her life.

She said the following in her official public statement.

“The BBC recently introduced new social media guidelines, which I respect. However, despite my show being light-hearted with no political content, it was explained to me that, as it is a weekly show in my name, the new guidelines would apply to all and any content that I post all year round."
“Since those non-negotiable changes to my radio contract were made, I’ve ultimately found that I’m not prepared to lose my voice on social media, change who I am, or lose the ability to express the strong beliefs I hold about the political turmoil this country finds itself in."
“My decision has been to continue to criticize the current UK government for what it has done to the country which I love – and I’m not prepared to stop. I was brought up to fight for what I believe in, and I will carry on."
“Consequently I have now breached the new guidelines and BBC Wales management have decided I must leave. We each must make our decisions.”

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