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BBC in the news, Wednesday

Host Host | 11:06 UK time, Wednesday, 11 July 2007

Financial Times: Reports on a speech made by Mark Thompson in which he attacks commercial rivals for the declining quality of their news and current affairs output, saying that if it weren't for the BBC some foreign stories would go uncovered. (link)

Daily Mail: Columnist Stephen Glover criticises the coverage that Alistair Campbell's recently published diaries received on the BBC. (link)


  • 1.
  • At 12:01 PM on 11 Jul 2007,
  • Richard wrote:

The article entitled "Could the UK face 'cyber attack'?" was good but the fact is: The entire internet infrastructure based on TCP/IP must be replaced. It is, and always has been, an INTRA-net architecture which contains a fatal flaw in its 'connect' API call.

Your piece on female genital mutilation was very upsetting. However, it is a mystery to me how people who deplore this custom are often silent on the issue of male genital mutilation (i.e., male circumcision). While female genital modification may -- in its worst forms -- result in greater future dysfunction, involuntary male circumsion is indistinguishable from an ethical, legal and medical standpoint. No child, male or female, should be assaulted by an adult with a knife or scalpel, for purely social or cosmetic reasons.

  • 3.
  • At 04:43 PM on 11 Jul 2007,
  • Gareth Mead wrote:

Rather ironic that Mark Thompson attacks commercial rivals for the quality of their news given the increasing resemblance of BBC Online's stories to those of the Metro newspaper! Come on BBC Online, sort it out and do some reporting of your own!

  • 4.
  • At 09:02 PM on 12 Jul 2007,
  • J Westermanj wrote:

The more we see of the infighting between the various sections of the media the better it will be.
It helps to publicize Tony Blair's point doesn't it.

  • 5.
  • At 10:18 PM on 12 Jul 2007,
  • not even a republican wrote:

Enough with the stories about the queen and the photographer. Nobody cares.

  • 6.
  • At 10:00 AM on 13 Jul 2007,
  • Brian Edwards wrote:

The public apology by the BBC to the appalling embarrasment to The Queen did not in my opinion go far enough.Peter Finchman BBC1 Controller did not come across as very embarrased or particularly sorry about what had happened.In the news item I saw he apologised for the eror of not double- checking and not for the embarrassment caused to The Queen or for the breach of public trust.If you can't trust the BBC to get it right who can you trust?
This does raise issues of public accoutability,responsiblity and control in the use of external production copmanies

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