Tory MP James Wild grilled Tim Davie on how many Union flags featured in the corporation’s 268-page Annual Report in 2020. The BBC’s director-general replied that he did not know, before Mr Wild told him there were none.
The Tory MP shared a clip of his exchange with Mr Davie on Twitter, which was retweeted by Mr Lineker with a face palm emoji.
The Match of the Day Host, who was the BBC’s highest earner in the 2019/20 financial year with an eyewatering £1.75million salary, wrote: “So weird.”
The BBC’s director-general was questioned by MPs on the Public Accounts Committee on Monday.
Mr Wild said: “There’s been a big discussion about flags last week.
“In your Annual Report last year, 268 pages, do you know how many Union Flags featured in the graphics in those glossy pages?
Mr Davie replied that he had not been briefed on the question.
Mr Wild pressed: “Would you care to take a guess?”
The BBC boss said: “I have no idea.”
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“I don’t think there is any problem with the BBC in terms of championing the UK and Britain abroad. We are incredibly proud of it.
“And if you do wander up Regent Street today have a look at the Union Jack flying proudly on top of the BBC.”
Mr Wild said: “It’s always good to see the Union Jack flying.
“I just think in a report of 268 pages about the BBC my constituents would expect to see probably more than one flag appearing.”
Mr Davie replied: “I just don’t see it as a metric.”
The Tory MP said: “You may not but licence fee payers may do.”
It comes after BBC Breakfast presenters Charlie Stayt and Naga Munchetty last week sparked a backlash for mocking Government minister Robert Jenrick about the Union Jack flag and portrait of the Queen he had on display during his interview.
The BBC said the pair were “reminded of their responsibilities” following the row.