BBC journalist hit with 'racist and homophobic abuse' after Laurence Fox tweet

BBC journalist Ben Hunte received ‘racist and homophobic abuse’ after Laurence Fox shared a screenshot of him on his Twitter account.

Fox appeared to send the tweet on November 23, writing: ‘So glad I’m not paying for this anymore. @bbc @DefundBBC #DefundTheBBC.’

The Lewis actor, who has been vocal in his criticism of the BBC, attached a screenshot of Hunte’s Twitter bio, which features a banner picture of him on the news channel, and the description: ‘@BBCNews LGBT correspondent Making #gay and #LGBT stuff for the BBC.’

The tweet has now been deleted.

Hunte shared a grab of the offending tweet today and wrote: ‘My family and I have been sent racist and homophobic abuse following the below screenshot of me being posted. I am fine – but I will let the police take over.

‘If you disagree with my job, or with the BBC’s Editorial Guidelines, or with wider LGBT-related decisions I am not involved in, please do not contact my family with hate. Please use the BBC’s complaints process. 

In June, he tweeted: ‘The @bbc is a corrupt organisation that sows division between friends. If they want to compete for our appreciation, they should do so within the free market.’

His ire was sparked by a Countryfile segment which noted how ‘many in Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups see the countryside as being a white environment’. 

Hunte declined further comment when contacted. has contacted Fox for comment. 

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