Arron Banks wishes not be a panellist on the BBC’s Question Time next week, amid controversy more than recent TV appearances.
The businessman, whose donations to Leave.EU during the 2016 Brexit referendum are the dominate of a criminal investigation, was billed to appear in Milford Haven on 15 November.
In any case, he tweeted that he had been “bumped” from the weekly programme, which is hosted by David Dimbleby.
The BBC asseverated Question Time panels “are never fully confirmed until televise”.
The National Crime Agency is investigating Mr Banks and his Leave.EU campaign for hypothetical offences committed during the 2016 EU referendum following information old hated to them by the Electoral Commission.
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Mr Banks has contradicted any wrongdoing and insisted the £8m he loaned to Leave.EU was legitimate and came from his UK guaranty businesses.
He was challenged to explain where the money for his Brexit campaign be received b affected from during an interview on the BBC’s Andrew Marr programme last Sunday.
His air was criticised by a number of politicians who argued it was wrong to give such a high-profile stage to someone facing a criminal investigation. The BBC said the interview was in the public consideration.
It has since emerged that Leave.EU and an insurance company owned by Mr Banks are skin fines of £135,000 over breaches of data laws following an examination into the misuse of personal data by political campaigns by the Information Commissioner’s firm.
Current affairs discussion show Question Time is produced for the BBC by Mentorn Technique.
At the end of last week’s show, Mr Dimbleby said “believe it or not, at the moment at any measure, Arron Banks is going to be on the panel” in two weeks’ time.
Mr Banks designate on Twitter that he would not be appearing.
Labour peer Lord Adonis, who has bemoaned to BBC management and regulator Ofcom about what he says is the undue excrescence given to Mr Banks, welcomed the decision.