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Major questions are being raised about a senior BBC Wales Editor who attacked the Crossrail 2 project as “UK taxpayers subsidising London’s local transport system” in a late night tweet, The Eye can reveal.

Vaughan Roderick likes giving his views

The tweet by the corporation’s Welsh Affairs Editor, Vaughan Roderick, comes after we showed how he used Twitter to compare the union with England to an abusive relationship in another late night tweet.

This outburst came days before the closely-fought referendum on Scottish independence and as a programme about the vote presented by him was preparing to be transmitted.

Not the views of The BBC but the views of their Welsh Affairs Editor

Corporation staff had to be reminded of internal guidelines soon afterwards.

Mr Roderick has also said – again on Twitter – ‘The History Guy’ (presenter Dan Snow) used ‘national’ in an archaic British sense, and it was not a good look for BBC Wales.

In the latest tweet, posted at 12.08am, Mr Roderick responded to a message from Crossrail 2 saying that the project will support 60,000 supply-chain jobs and 18,000 apprenticeships across the UK.
He said:  “Oh come on.  We’re not that stupid.  It’s the UK taxpaers subsidising London’s local transport system… again.”
Is Crossrail 2 work to improve London’s local transport subsidised by UK taxpayers?

In reply, another senior BBC Wales journalist said:  “… to be fair London does generate 30% of entire UK tax take”.

In the earlier tweet before the Scottish independence referendum, which was also sent near midnight and which was later deleted, Mr Roderick said some unionists rejoiced in “threats and bullying”.
But a television show hosted by Mr Roderick and filmed mainly in Scotland was still transmitted by BBC Wales afterwards.

The tweet was quickly re-tweeted by a right-wing nationalist called Royston Jones, who writes under the pseudonym ‘Jac O’ the North’, and is a supporter of the 1960s paramilitary organisation Free Wales Army. 

Were rules broken?

The then head of BBC Wales news and current affairs, Mark O’Callaghan, was forced to remind staff of the importance of impartiality afterwards.

He sent them a link to the corporation’s guidelines about twitter.

That controversy came hard on the heels of another incident when a senior UK BBC Editor was reprimanded and removed from an election when she tweeted an anti-UKIP message before a European poll (see – tmblr.co/ZwCEOs1Gj-yEO ).

Jasmine Lawrence – reprimanded

Jasmine Lawrence had tweeted sarcastically:  “#WhyImVotingUkip – to stand up for white, middle class, middle aged men w sexist/racist views, totally under represented in politics today.”

BBC personnel were then warned not to “do anything stupid.”

Yet Mr Roderick is a keen user of Twitter. 

The Eye showed how he used it to attack WalesOnline for repeated ‘stories’ about the bar Coyote Ugly in Cardiff which shows women dancing for largely male customers.

Mr Roderick said sarcastically:  “I’m presuming @WalesOnline has a full time Coyote Ugly correspondent. Maybe they and @dailypostwales might cover politics occasionally.

‘Coyote Ugly’ – as ‘reported’ by WalesOnline

“This is becoming something of an obsession for @WalesOnline.”

Paul Rowland, the editor of WalesOnline who has threatened to sue our Editor following a satirical piece, hit back with: “Must be nice to do one radio show a week (Sunday Supplement on BBC Radio Wales) and not have to worry about whether anyone listens to it”.

Dan Snow – ‘archaic’

But both Mr Roderick and WalesOnline are contentious in the media world.

Mr Roderick apparently broke BBC guidelines when he attacked a colleague by saying Dan Snow had used the word ‘national’ in an archaic British way.

They also state the reputation of The BBC must not be undermined, despite the fact Mr Roderick criticised the corporation for allowing the term.

Mark O’Callaghan – sent out Editorial Guidelines

The guidelines make clear that criticising BBC colleagues is forbidden:(You) Should not use the Internet in any way to attack or abuse colleagues.”

Mr Roderick’s Twitter account says the views are “personal” not those of The BBC but to other journalists, for the public these are also the views of the corporation’s ‘Welsh Affairs Editor’.

Vaughan Roderick likes all media

One BBC Wales insider told The Eye:  “Of course you are allowed to have your own views.

“But if you broadcast them on Twitter that’s just the same as standing up on TV and giving them.

“It’s ridiculous.”

Tomorrow more disturbing revelations about convicted fraudster who worked at a controversial Welsh university. 

 

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The Eye is edited by Phil Parry. Phil is a former BBC news and current affairs reporter. He is winner of the BT Wales award for journalist of the year, BT Wales TV reporter of the year and radio reporter of the year. His programmes have won in the current affairs category of the Royal Television Society and BAFTA Cymru. Phil has presented Panorama programmes, Newsnight films and BBC 2’s Public Eye. For 10 years he was the face of BBC Wales TV current affairs programme Week in, Week Out. He was a reporter on the evening TV news programme ‘Wales Today‘ and has presented numerous daily radio programmes. Phil has also worked on local and UK newspapers. If you have a story you wish us to investigate then get in touch. We treat your disclosures in total confidence and with the journalistic integrity you would expect from our professional team.

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