BBCs directorate general, Tom Davie, revealed the broadcaster will be launching new social media rules in the coming months that all staff must adhere to.
The BBC reported that Davie has said he would be “prepared to sack presenters who make major breaches of impartiality guidelines on social media”.
Speaking to the House of Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee, Davie said: “Enforcement actions will be very clear, we will be able to take disciplinary action, we’ll be able to take people off Twitter. I know people want to see hard action on this.”
Davie began his position of DG on 1 September 2020, succeeding Tony Hall after a nine year tenure.
According to the BBC Davie also said: “Social media guidelines will make clear where the lines are. If someone is a face of the BBC, I think entering into party politics seems to me not the right place to be
“Those responsibilities will be clearly laid out. I am the director general so I am now running the show, and in my view, party political statements are not the right thing for people to be making if they are part of an impartial news organisation.”