BBC urged to cancel Bain contract over ‘misconduct’ in South Africa | Business

The BBC is under pressure to cancel a contract with Bain & Company after ministers banned the management consulting firm from bidding for government contracts over alleged “grave professional misconduct” in South Africa.

Lord Hain, the former Labor minister and anti-apartheid campaigner who has been lobbying the government, has written to Tim Davie, the BBC’s director-general, requesting the corporation to reconsider and canceling the “multimillion-pound” contract it recently signed with Bain ” because of its wide-scale complicity in corruption in South Africa and the undermining of that country’s democratic institutions”.

In the letter, which is also being sent to Michelle Donelan, the culture secretary, Hain said: “As you will know, in August of this year, the Cabinet Office instituted a three-year suspension from UK government contracts on

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