Carol Vorderman is leaving the BBC due to its new social media guidelines. The former “Countdown” presenter has hosted a Saturday show on BBC Radio Wales for five years. However, she revealed on Twitter that the new rules meant she could not continue to share her opinions online so she is moving on.
Vorderman often uses the social media platform, on which she has over 891,000 followers to criticise the government. She has recently been sharing news and criticism emerging from the Covid inquiry.
The new rules, which followed the Gary Lineker row, mean presenters can generally not air political opinions, even if they are not working in news. Announcing the departure, Vorderman tweeted that “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.” She added:
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.