Carol Vorderman was fired from her BBC Radio Wales hosting job after she violated the broadcaster’s new social media policy.
The actress has presented the Saturday morning programme since 2019, however she has just declared that ‘BBC Wales management have decided [she] must quit’ because she has violated the new criteria.
The 62-year-old is well-known for his political beliefs on X, previously Twitter, in which he frequently criticises the government.
In September, the BBC announced updated guidelines on ‘individual use of social media’ in respect to people who do not actively report on current affairs but are BBC broadcasters.
In a statement , the BBC said: ‘Carol has been a presenter on BBC Radio Wales since 2018. We’d like to thank her for her work and contribution to the station over the past five years.’
Taking to social media with the announcement in the wake of the new guidelines, Carol wrote: ‘After five years, I’m leaving my Saturday morning show on BBC Radio Wales.
‘The BBC recently introduced new social media guidelines which I respect. However, despite my show being lighthearted with no political content, 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.
‘Since those non-negotiable changes to my radio contract were made, 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.
‘My decision has been to continue to criticise the current UK government for what it has done to the country which I love – and I’m not prepared to stop. I was brought up to fight for what I believe in, and I will carry on.
‘Consequently I have now breached the new guidelines and BBC Wales management have decided I must leave. We each must make our decisions.
‘I’m sad to have to leave the wonderful friends I’ve made at Radio Wales. I wish them, and all of our listeners, all the love in the world. We laughed a lot, and we will miss each other dearly.
‘But for now, another interesting chapter begins.’
The TV personality has already made news for her remarks on numerous politicians expressed on social media.
In August, she demanded the resignation of Home Secretary Suella Braverman after the MP posted ‘thoughts and prayers’ for those who perished crossing the Channel on social media, with the lawmaker also backing contentious suggestions on the subject.
The Countdown star wrote in response that Braverman was the ‘very worst of the worst’ and ‘utterly undeserving’ of her position.
‘You decry everything that has been good in this country during my lifetime, seeking to cause division at every turn. I am ashamed of you and the govt in which you self-serve,’ she said.
She also slammed Boris Johnson, calling him ‘disgusting’ over Partygate. She also referred to the former Prime Minister as “a dose of diarrhoea that never goes away.”
Carol has long chastised Matt Hancock, the disgraced former Health Secretary who joined the I’m A Celebrity jungle while still a serving MP, and has previously referred to him as a ‘c**k’.
Former television executive John Hardie evaluated the BBC’s social media standards, interviewing over 80 people both inside and outside the network.
Back in September when the review was published, he said: ‘The BBC should set a new mission to promote civility in public discourse, and insist that all those who present BBC programmes should respect diversity of opinion and exemplify the BBC’s ethos of civility on social media.’
In response, the BBC revised its social media guidelines for staff and freelancers to include special instructions for individuals presenting “flagship programmes.”
According to the BBC study, broadcasters will have a’special obligation’ to uphold the BBC’s neutrality “because of their profile on the BBC.”
Carol has been active on social media since September, commenting on various political news articles.
Gary Lineker, the BBC’s highest-paid broadcaster, was forced off the air in March after being embroiled in a debate about impartiality.
On X, the 62-year-old contrasted the terminology used to introduce the government’s refugee seeker strategy to that of 1930s Germany.
The decision to bench Lineker prompted outrage, with several of his fellow sports journalists, including Ian Wright and Alan Shearer, boycotting Match Of The Day.