A BBC chief has said the broadcaster would give more airtime to flat Earthers if there were more of them about. 

David Jordan, the corporation's director of editorial policy, said the BBC must "represent all points of view". 

He said while people who promoted conspiracy theories - such as the theory the world is not round, but flat - should not get "as much" space as others, there were times when it is appropriate to interview them, reports the Guardian

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Jordan said: "Flat-Earthers are not going to get as much space as people who believe the Earth is round, but very occasionally it might be appropriate to interview a flat-Earther. And if a lot of people believed in flat Earth we’d need to address it more.

"It’s critical to the BBC that we represent all points of view and give them due weight."

Speaking to the House of Lords communications committee, Jordan, who has worked at the BBC since 1988, told peers the corporation did "not subscribe to cancel culture". 

Jordan said: "We are very committed to ensuring that viewpoints are heard from all different sorts of perspectives and we don’t subscribe to the ‘cancel culture’ that some groups would put forward."

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Questioned about transgender rights, Jordan told the committee BBC employees must be prepared to hear views they disagreed with. 

He said: "Whether or not some members of our staff like it is not the point.

"They leave their prejudices at the door. They need to be prepared to hear viewpoints they might personally disagree with.

"It’s our job to get those viewpoints proportionately viewed on the BBC."