Boris Johnson was absolutely right to criticise the statist and defeatist attitude of the BBC. But although the newsrooms might be biased to the Left, that is not true of the wider organisation. In fact, the BBC is more conservative than either side of the political spectrum likes to admit.
First, the BBC is patriotic. Our country is a source of endless fascination for the broadcaster. Shows like Coast or Great British Train Journeys just wouldn’t get made by on other channels. This extends to history as well. For all that Andrew Marr spent his last series attacking Victorian industrialists, the BBC still discusses national figures like Shakespeare or Churchill with reverence. And the simple amount of British history on the BBC suggests a pretty old-fashioned interest with our island story.