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The BBC is facing criticism after it invited its former economics editor Stephanie Flanders a renowned Remainer back to present the Today programme.
Insiders suggested the move was part of a bid to include more Alpha females.
Miss Flanders was so vocal in her opposition to Brexit that she appeared in a TV advert aired a fortnight before the referendum vote urging voters to block it.
She also donated to one of the lobby groups behind a scaremongering billboard campaign this year designed to water down Brexit.
However, these clear ties to the Remain camp did not bar Miss Flanders from presiding over one of the BBCs most important current affairs shows.
Controversial choice: ‘Alpha female’ Stephanie Flanders has appeared in adverts opposing Brexit
The 49 year old was a guest presenter yesterday alongside Justin Webb and was lined up to take the helm again this morning even though Today already has five permanent hosts, who are paid nearly 1.5million a year between them.
Isnt it a bit insulting to the BBCs many equally brilliant reporters that she waltzes in over them? Stephen Pollard, editor of the Jewish Chronicle, wrote on Twitter. Another listener joked: Does Stephanie Flanders presenting with Justin Webb mean theres been a Ryanair style mess up with the [Today] holiday rota?
Other critics said the BBC had breached its impartiality rules.
Miss Flanders was at the BBC for 11 years, but left in 2013 for JP Morgan Asset Management where she was paid 400,000 a year as chief market strategist for Britain and Europe. She quit that job in the summer and is poised to join Bloomberg as the head of its new economics unit.
She is listed as one of the donors to a lobby group called Common Ground, which claims to be fighting to pull our country together at a time when other forces are threatening to tear it apart.
It was one of the sponsors of a poster campaign in February which featured a series of faces with stickers over their mouths, printed with the words: We did not vote forprice hikes, hate crime, leaving the single market, losing our families, brutal Brexit, deal or no deal.
The emotive campaign ended with the slogan, People are speaking. Is Parliament listening?
Critics have saidthe BBC had breached its impartiality rules
The BBC regularly brings celebrities in as guest editors around Christmas but usually gets stand in hosts from its large pool of staff journalists. Economics editor Kamal Ahmed and security correspondent Frank Gardner presented Today over the summer.
But insiders said it was trying to get more Alpha females on the programme and had brought in Miss Flanders in the same way that magazines and newspapers might invite guest columnists.
It has asked acclaimed CNN host Christiane Amanpour and the BBCs China editor Carrie Gracie to present the programme in coming weeks. A source said: Today is for grown ups and Stephanie has a good understanding of subjects, and she sounds like she is on top of things. She is heavyweight.
They added: When she is on the BBC, she is neutral. The insider pointed out that Miss Flanders did not present any of the discussions about Brexit on the programme.
New Yorker Amis: Brexit is a ‘self inflicted wound’
Novelist Martin Amis yesterday launched a tirade against Brexit, calling it a self inflicted wound.
I think it is a self inflicted wound and I dont like the kind of nostalgic utopia thats been mooted about,
that it would return to just the sort of England that I dont like, which is the country town, rustic, beer drinking, family butcher England, he said.
But his remarks got a hostile reception from some Radio 4 listeners, who accused him of sneering at the plebs who want Britain to leave Europe.
Others were angered by his whining, given he has made his home in the US. Martin Amis from New York talking about Brexit and England. Well done Today programme, said one.
The novelist best known for books such as Money and London Fields added: To step away from what was a political coalition and go it alone seems like denial of decline.
A BBC spokesman said: On occasion we have guest presenters across our programmes, and whether its Nick Ferrari on Newsnight or Stephanie Flanders on Today they always adhere to BBC rules on impartiality. She would not comment on Miss Flanders pay for the work, but it is understood she received a peppercorn rate for presenting Today, amounting to 200 300 per day.
Nick Robinson, one of Todays regular presenters, may have been too busy to host the programme yesterday but he still found the time for a public game of one upmanship with BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg.
Miss Kuenssberg, who succeeded Robinson in the post in 2015, published a message on Twitter offering a sliver of insight into the landmark Brexit speech Theresa May will give today in Florence. Cabinet to sign off Florence speech this morn on whats described as open and generous offer to EU by one minister who is familiar with it, she wrote shortly after 7am.
Less than 20 minutes later, Robinson embarrassed Miss Kuenssberg by republishing her message along with his own,
offering significantly more detail.