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BBC in the news, Monday

Host Host | 09:27 UK time, Monday, 29 January 2007

Daily Mail: "œLord Puttnam has revealed he is considering a formal approach from the BBC to be its chairman." (link)

The Independent: Executive producer of BBC Current Affairs, Dominic Crossley-Holland, asks whether a programme's success should be judged by the number of complaints it receives. (link)

The Guardian: Interview with BBC Sports News Editor Mihir Bose. (link)

The Guardian: Letter from BBC Director of Vision Jana Bennett on current affairs programming. (link)


  • 1.
  • At 10:37 AM on 29 Jan 2007,
  • Saskia wrote:

Lord Puttman to be the next chairman of the BBC!,
This is the same man who complained about the Police arresting Ruth Turner along with Labour ministers, yet the BBC claim they are impartial.
How much longer must we endure the BBC telling us that they are not biased whilst Labour ennobled peers like Puttman are foisted on us?.

Also on the links for this blog are 2 for the Guardian and 1 for the Independent?, why is this?, I purchase the Times, Mail and the Sun and most days they have articles about the BBC, yet hardly ever do the BBC mention them, and when they do the BBC NEVER gives a link to the original article.

The BBC is not impartial and should stop insulting our intelligence by pretending it is.

I think that the answer to Dominic Crossley-Holland's question is roughly as follows:

No complaints - bad, because nobody's paying attention.

A handful - good, it means you are high enough profile to attract the notice of the green inkers, but nobody else is complaining.

Dozens - bad, you've definitely done something wrong.

40,000+ - high five! and laugh all the way to the bank.

  • 3.
  • At 11:59 AM on 29 Jan 2007,
  • Joe wrote:

The BBC is at it again, yet another Labour crony to be placed in a position of power at what is supposed to be a impartial organisation.

Why does the BBC just be honest and change it's name to the Labour appreciation society?.

To give an example of the biased reporting that the BBC is now world famous for I give this nugget....

On the BBC world service yesterday was an attack on Prince Charles for flying to America with his entourage to pick up a environmental award, the BBC used an interview with Alan Millband in which he complained about the carbon footprint that Prince Charles had left by visiting the USA, yet, the BBC failed at the same time to mention that Millband and 4 aides flew to India two days later for a 1 day trip....double standards at the BBC.....again.

I have just read an article about the BBC going to court to resist a Freedom of Information request seeking the relase of an internal report which it is suggested may indicate bias in BBC news reporting. Why has this not been reported on the BBC itself? Surely a national broadcaster seeking to prevent publication of such a report is a major news item? I make no judgment on whether there is bias but this is surely a significant news item? I can hardly find mention of it anywhere on the BBC site.

  • 5.
  • At 04:32 PM on 29 Jan 2007,
  • Sean wrote:

Does anyone else find the idea of a Sun reader criticising the BBCs impartiality hilarious?

Thank you Saskia, you've made my day!

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