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BBC in the news, Monday

Host Host | 10:44 UK time, Monday, 21 May 2007

Financial Times: Reports that the BBC’s international audience grew by an estimated 11% last year. (link)

The Independent: Interview with Five Live Breakfast presenter Nicky Campbell on his life in media. (link)

The Guardian: Reports that scientists have rejected Panorama’s claims on the radiation risks of wi-fi. (link)

The Guardian: "The BBC director general, Mark Thompson, will present an interim report to the BBC Trust next month proposing annual savings of around 5% a year up to 2013.” (link)


  • 1.
  • At 11:56 AM on 22 May 2007,
  • David Wilson wrote:

re: the link to Guardian article on Panorama.

Has the Panorama team finally given up on producing programmes based on rigourous investigative journalism, in favour of cheap headline grabbing froth stories that boil down to nowt (wi-fi scare being the perfect example)? It seems so what with the Scientology saga one week, and utter wi-fi nonsense the next. What next for the Panorama team? How about "Is the prime Minister actually an alien from the planet zog? - a Panorama investigation has compelling evidence...blah blah..."

I feel embarrassed to be a licence fee payer. Come on BBC, you can do better than this.

  • 2.
  • At 07:40 PM on 22 May 2007,
  • Sue wrote:

I notice you draw attention to The Guardian's criticism of the Panorama programme on Wi-Fi.
I suppose you do know that the scientists offering the criticism before they had even seen it have not done any research in the area and one of them has links to an organisation that receives direct industry funding, namely the Science Media Centre?
It is also interesting that you do not point out the 3 newspapers on Monday that had more balanced article, The Times, The Telegraph and The Daily Mail.
I suppose this means your personal opinion concurs with that of the Guardian and industry?
Technology is all very well, but isn't it time that we 'grew' up and test new tehnologies before they are unleashed?
We haven't tested this one and now it seems there are problems, no one wants to know.
If the journalists aren't doing any proper investigations then what hope for the population at large?

  • 3.
  • At 08:57 PM on 19 Jun 2007,
  • anais (age 11) wrote:

hi im 11 years old and the whole of my school has done a page on there piczo and bebo about madeleine mcann.
this is a message for madeleines parents:... dont worry madeleine is safe we all know that and she will come back safely.
this is a message for the u have children!how would u feel if one of them was taken away.
this is a message for maddie:...u r such a brave girl maddie...dont worry we will find u!

  • 4.
  • At 06:39 AM on 20 Sep 2007,
  • Dr. G. Sue McCann wrote:

The best way to keep pressure on the authorities in Portugal is to keep the press informing the public of the progress. From the USA, we sadly recall the Aruba disappearance of a young American woman on holiday, and the tragic kidnapping of Jon Benet Ramsey, an unsolved case, and the case of Elizabeth Smart, a young teen who was abducted from her home in Utah and subsequently recognized as she walked in town disguised, escorted by her kidnappers. She was recognized because of the ongoing press coverage and photographs seen by the public. The person identifying her "recognized her eyes" despite the rest of her head and face being covered. These cases have both lessons in sorrow and hope for the McCanns. There are a lot of McCann's in America who support your coverage and thank you.

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