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BBC in the news, Wednesday

Host Host | 10:11 UK time, Wednesday, 6 September 2006

The Guardian: "Former BBC foreign correspondent-turned-politician Martin Bell has attacked the corporation's Six O'Clock News." (link)

The Mirror: "The BBC should give police any evidence that clears Barry George of killing Jill Dando, his Irish family said yesterday." (no link available)


  • 1.
  • At 07:21 PM on 06 Sep 2006,
  • Philip wrote:

I don't frequently watch the Six, but whenever I do I'm appalled by the showbiz nonsense masquerading as News, and the awful presentational style of Natasha 'Come Dancing' Kaplinsky. But then again, the Six is never going to be Newsnight.

  • 2.
  • At 12:49 PM on 07 Sep 2006,
  • David wrote:

I totally agree with Martin Bell's comments. The Six is laughable, as is Breakfast. The world's finest news broadcaster should not be resorting to this sort of consumer affairs driven nonsense.

We don't even have the luxury any more of being able to turn over to BBC News 24 for 'proper news' during these two excuses for news bulletins.

What is the deal with the Six O'Clock news when George sits their waving his hands around? Does he or the BBC really think it adds anything to the coverage? Why has the BBC sacrificed good news presenting for some kind of showbiz mix that is nothing more than the dumbing down of important news issues? I feel like im being spoken to by a partonising teacher. I think the BBC see it's viewers as little more than 'dumb beasts' who need big bold words on the screen so we can 'understand' an issue. I don't understand why the 6pm news needs to be any different in content or style than some of the better BBC news programmes.

Why is this BBC?

  • 4.
  • At 07:32 PM on 25 Oct 2006,
  • Sara Aberdeen wrote:

My husband and I would like you to know that we are switching to Channel 4 News. Tonights 6 o'clock News on the BBC was the last straw. Why the BBC thinks that Surgical procedures (not yet completed in this country) and Madonna's adoption are primary News items goodness only knows. The BBC has really lost the plot. We want up to the minute Internation News and to hear how our soldiers are gettiing on in the field of operations in a war zone.

Channel 4 news at 7pm is a standard of news that we expect. It is News brought to us in a professional manner - International, without bias or personalities. Everything that the BBC is not at the moment. Bye Bye BBC.

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