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BBC in the news, Monday

Host Host | 09:58 UK time, Monday, 18 June 2007

Daily Telegraph: “The BBC has failed to promote proper debate on major political issues because of the inherent liberal culture of its staff, a report commissioned by the corporation has concluded.” (link)

The Guardian: The director of the BBC’s college of journalism, Vin Ray, writes about an old e-mail that he recently re-discovered from Alan Johnston on the role of the reporter. (link)

Financial Times: Reports that the BBC is revamping its international output, replacing BBC Prime with new channels and increasing the amount of US-focused news on BBC America, including an hour-long weekly news programme featuring Jeremy Paxman. (link)

The Independent: Former Panorama reporter, Tom Mangold, gives his verdict of the new series of the current affairs programme after its first six months. (link)

The Times, Guardian, Daily Telegraph and others: Obituaries of the former Radio 4 controller and managing director of BBC Radio, Sir David Hatch. (link, link, link)

Comments

  • 1.
  • At 01:12 PM on 18 Jun 2007,
  • JG wrote:

“The BBC has failed to promote proper debate on major political issues because of the inherent liberal culture of its staff, a report commissioned by the corporation has concluded.”

In other news, Pope a catholic, bears 'live' in woods

Honestly, did you really need a report to tell you this? And now you have the evidence, what are you going to do about it? I for one am not holding my breath for any big changes.

  • 2.
  • At 02:08 PM on 18 Jun 2007,
  • Bedd Gelert wrote:

Excellent report by Tom Mangold - should give the upper echelons of the BBC some food for thought.

  • 3.
  • At 02:21 PM on 18 Jun 2007,
  • Alex Swanson wrote:

"Coverage of international championships has sometimes drawn criticism that the British media are too preoccupied with British competitors" (from your website report)

I think it's safe to say that shooting sports definitely do not suffer from this problem.

  • 4.
  • At 09:02 PM on 18 Jun 2007,
  • greg wrote:

the telegraph accuses the BBC of 'inherent liberal culture', i dont think that exists. whats the opposite to liberal?, its not conservative. well the definition of liberal is the following (from online etymology dictionary):

'befitting free men, noble, generous. Pertaining to a free man, with an open mind. accepting of different ideas'

so i contend that if the BBC is to be less liberal it has to be the opposite of the above explanation, so basically has to be:

un-noble and ungenerous. Have a closed minded view. Not accept any different ideas

I know which one i would rather the BBC was.

  • 5.
  • At 09:33 PM on 18 Jun 2007,
  • Jim-UK wrote:

"BBC report finds bias within corporation "

Now maybe you'll start to address the problem.

  • 6.
  • At 10:58 PM on 20 Jun 2007,
  • Rich wrote:

"replacing BBC Prime with new channels and increasing the amount of US-focused news on BBC America"

Well this shouldn't be difficult, seeing as there is currently almost no news output or anything else remotely intelligent on BBCA.

As I skip past the channel in the schedules I notice that it's invarably screening ancient re-runs of The Weakest Link, Keeping Up Appearances, wall-to-wall Cash in the Attic or Footballers Wive$ (for goodness sake, not only is it an ITV show, it's also probably down there with the worst of recent British TV) - and I can't help but think that it represents a massive missed opportunity.

Far from promoting and consolidating the BBC brand in the largest Anglophone market on earth, this channel is in my opinion doing enormous damage to it in the minds of those few who actually bother to watch.

BBCA should not only be catering to the considerable number of British expats but providing an alternative to the Fox / MSNBC model of US news shows and constant mindless 'human interest' stories. In a stale marketplace a reinvigorated BBCA could provide a genuinely alternative and exciting product - but at the moment it's as tired and jaded as anything this side of the Pond, and were it not for the branding it would be difficult to associate with the BBC with which we are familiar in the UK.

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