It could have been confidently predicted that Kelvin MacKenzie's suspension from The Sun would be made one of the BBC's top news stories. It's currently the 2nd-ranked story on the BBC News website. (ITV, in contrast, has it has its 10th-ranked story).
The BBC's report is striking for its weighting against Mr MacKenzie. His response to the criticism gets just 29 words, only 2 of which are direct quotes. His critic, the Mayor of Liverpool, in contrast, is given 262, of which 91 are direct quotes. (ITV's article is much more carefully balanced).
Another of the Sun's media rivals, The Daily Telegraph, unlike the BBC, at least quotes Kelvin MacKenzie's response in full: "I had no idea of Ross Barkley's family background and nor did anybody else. For the mayor of Liverpool and a handful of others to describe the article as racist is beyond parody."
In much of its coverage of stories concerning the Murdoch media, the BBC can often seem to display a 'vindictive streak'.