BBC bosses were facing growing anger last night at the allegedly biased coverage of Jeremy Corbyn’s trip to the Glastonbury Festival.
The Labour leader was given a rock star’s welcome by thousands of young fans when he appeared on the main stage at the annual music event in Somerset.
Critics claimed the BBC reporting of his speech was heavily slanted in his favour.
Before he spoke, one BBC reporter predicted his address would be “brilliant”.
A BBC Radio 1 social media message showing a picture of the Labour leader waving a microphone was captioned: “When you ace the chorus.”
Tory MP Philip Davies said: “The BBC became the unofficial media wing of the Labour Party some time ago.”
He joked that many BBC staff lived in the Labour leader’s Islington North constituency, seen by many at Westminster as a hotbed of the Left-wing chattering classes.
These days they don’t even bother to hide it – probably because such a high number of their staff live in Corbyn’s constituency,” Mr Davies said.
“The BBC is simply the UK equivalent of CNN, which would be fine if we weren’t all forced to pay for their Left-wing bias through the licence fee.”
Earlier, former Ukip leader Nigel Farage branded the BBC’s coverage of Mr Corbyn’s speech “outrageous”.
“Why should we pay the BBC licence fee just so they can promote Jeremy Corbyn?” he tweeted.
Referring to the crowd, the Ukip MEP added: “Have this lot had a look at what they’re actually supporting? Google ‘Marxism’.”
Mr Corbyn spoke for 15 minutes on Saturday, with many revellers chanting his name.
And the Labour leadership continued their drive to court young voters at Glastonbury yesterday.
Shadow chancellor John McDonnell spoke at the festival’s Left Field Tent, where revellers heard him call for a “progressive intellectual alliance” to push for electoral reform.
The Left-winger drew cheers by claiming Labour was on course to win the next general election.
“We have been beating our heads against a brick wall for 30 years,” he said.
“We are on the edge of a huge victory.”
Other Labour faces spotted at Glastonbury included deputy leader Tom Watson, who is a regular at the event and former frontbench couple Ed Balls and Yvette Cooper.
Other Conservatives hit out at the allegedly biased coverage over the weekend.
Tory MP Philip Hollobone said : “The BBC is riddled with Left-wing bias from the Today programme downwards. They will seize any opportunity to get Theresa May out. Jeremy Corbyn at Glastonbury is a typical example of their behaviour. The BBC is out of control.”
Tory MP Andrew Bridgen added: “The BBC will do everything they can to get their hero Jeremy Corbyn into Downing Street.
“Now with things like this year’s Glastonbury, it’s becoming ever more blatant.
“If the BBC give it one more push, we will end up with a Marxist in No 10.”
The Labour leader also told him how he wanted to get rid of Britain’s Trident nuclear deterrent “as soon as I can”.
A BBC spokesman said: “Glastonbury chose to have Jeremy Corbyn as a guest.
“His appearance was not screened in the BBC at Glastonbury programmes but like other news outlets BBC News reported his speech.”