Jon Snow accused of chanting 'F*** the Tories' at Glastonbury festival

'After a day at Glastonbury, I can honestly say I have no recollection of what was chanted, sung or who I took over 1000 selfies with,' says veteran presenter

Maya Oppenheim
Wednesday 28 June 2017 10:26 BST
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Ofcom guidelines about neutrality only relate to what is broadcast or published and are wholly unrelated to do with journalists decide to do in their own time
Ofcom guidelines about neutrality only relate to what is broadcast or published and are wholly unrelated to do with journalists decide to do in their own time (Getty Images)

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Jon Snow has been accused of shouting “f*** the Tories” while dancing with a group of students at Glastonbury Festival.

The veteran broadcaster, who has presented Channel 4 News for 28 years, is alleged to have then reminded the revellers he is supposed to be neutral.

Snow has not denied making the allegation but instead claimed he has zero recollection of shouting the chant, noting he took over 1,000 selfies in the space of just a day at the Somerset festival.

In a statement, the journalist said: “After a day at Glastonbury, I can honestly say I have no recollection of what was chanted, sung or who I took over 1,000 selfies with.”

An image of the 69-year-old posing with a group of festival-goers from universities in Liverpool was shared by Danny Millea on Twitter on Monday evening. He wrote: “Boss place that Glasto. Having a dance with Jon Snow and hearing him shout f*** the tories is what dreams are made of.”

(Twitter)
(Twitter) (Twitter / Danny Millea)

Mr Milleau, who has since deleted his tweet, said he was impressed when Snow “turned around just after he got off and sarcastically went ‘I’m supposed to be neutral’.”

He noted Snow had “bounced over and had a little dance” with the students, adding: “He was proper sound, had a good little boogie with him and a good laugh, walked off and he sarcastically said he’s a neutral hahahah.”

Alex Grannell, a Liverpool student and bartender who is seen posing with Jon Snow in the photo, also suggested the presenter had said "f**k the Tories" in a Facebook post.

When asked for further comment by The Independent, Mr Grannell declined "until [Liverpool manager] Jurgen Klopp meets me for a hug and a bevvy".

The widely-shared photograph shows Snow with his arms around Cyprian Matambo, a student at the University of Liverpool, and Mr Grannell, a biology student at Liverpool John Moores University.

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Snow, who declined an OBE because he believes working journalists should not take honours from the people they report on, voiced his pleasure at attending the world famous festival on Friday.

Ofcom, the UK’s communications regulator and media watchdog, declined to comment on Snow’s comments and noted they could only consider complaints about content which is aired over licenced services.

Ofcom rules about due impartiality only relate to what is broadcast and are wholly unrelated to do with what journalists decide to do in their own time.

Channel 4 did not immediately respond to request for comment.

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