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BBC in the news, Tuesday

Host Host | 09:55 UK time, Tuesday, 19 June 2007

The Times: Columnist Libby Purves suggests that the BBC tries too hard to appeal to "any hip minority rather than horrid old 'Middle England'", following the publication of the BBC's impartiality report. (link)

Daily Telegraph: Damian Thompson on the BBC's realisation that it must address accusations of bias as its critics have increasingly more alternatives to choose from. (link)

Daily Mail: Reports that Hamas has issued an ultimatum to those who are holding the BBC correspondent Alan Johnston. (link)

The Guardian: Reports that the BBC’s director general Mark Thompson is considering plans to make fewer but “bigger” programmes in an attempt to cut costs. (link)


  • 1.
  • At 10:52 AM on 19 Jun 2007,
  • Bedd Gelert wrote:

Heaven spare us from the preaching of Libby 'Dullsville' Purves. If what she wants is a BBC with more 'You and Yours' / 'Learning Curve' greyness to appeal to what Janet Street-Porter called the 'M-People' [Middle Aged, Middle Class and Mediocre] then I'm having none of it.

Give me some of those 'hip minorities' if it means slightly more colourful comedies and 'In Our Time' with the far superior Melvyn Bragg.

Be honest, who would you rather be stuck in a lift with ? M-People Purves or Minorities Melvyn ?

  • 2.
  • At 10:56 AM on 19 Jun 2007,
  • headlikearock wrote:

Are any of the news editors who blog here planning on addressing some of the conclusions of the 'impartiality report'?

  • 3.
  • At 11:05 AM on 19 Jun 2007,
  • Keith wrote:

Hm is it just me or is not entirely surprising that we haven't seen any editorial comment on the publication of the BBC's Impartiality report?

I can't help but think that if the report hadn't drawn some of the conclusions it did then there'd be a 'We told you so' blog on here somewhere!

So come on Editors, where are your blogs telling us how you're going to address this now that the BBC has finally admitted it has a problem?

As a licence fee payer I think I'm entitled to know!

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