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BBC in the news, Wednesday

Host Host | 08:51 UK time, Wednesday, 11 October 2006

The Guardian: "BBC director general Mark Thompson will today bow to pressure and revise downwards the corporation's above-inflation licence fee bid." (link)

The Times: Reports that BBC Radio Five Live has lost its exclusive rights to broadcast live Premiership matches. (link)


  • 1.
  • At 01:06 PM on 11 Oct 2006,
  • J.G. wrote:

Also in the news today, is the launch yesterday of the UK's first internet TV station, 18 Doughty Street. Well, although many newspapers and other broadcasters covered the story the BBC has been strangely silent. I wonder why this is?

Could it be due to the fact that we had programs last night focusing on BBC bias? Programs with a right of center view-point? Guests talking about issues that never get past the PC thought police at the BBC? No sneering Paxman?

See the future BBC. With the growth of Internet-TV the writing is on the wall.

PS all this without locking up single mothers or extorting 3 billion a year from the UK tax payer.

  • 2.
  • At 03:13 PM on 11 Oct 2006,
  • Richard wrote:

The radio packages had to be distributed between at least two broadcasters under the new rules - something The Times didn't see fit to point out. Probably because it wasn't in the Talk Sport press release.

To JG (Comment #1): The BBC News Magazine has indeed written about the launch of 18 Doughty Street; this story was its lead article on Friday.

  • 4.
  • At 06:35 PM on 11 Oct 2006,
  • MM wrote:

To JC (Comment #1): Should the BBC have to cover every single fringe activity that is going on in the UK? How many people actually watched this 'centre right' venture last night? The BBC already give far to much publicity to people like Iain Dale etc without warning the viewing public who they actually are. It's correct that the BBC should not give extra coverage to 'Tory TV'.

  • 5.
  • At 09:21 PM on 11 Oct 2006,
  • J.G. wrote:

Host (No 3)

Yes, a story hidden in the magazine section, typical of the BBC. If there is a story it does not like but must cover, a single page buried away gets them off the hook. Forget the politics for a moment (hard for the BBC I know), this is a big story. The UK’s first internet-TV station. This could well be the shape of things to come in broadcasting. More and more stations, covering more and more viewpoints and interests, and having the time to explore issues in depth. Yet no mention in the Entertainment or Technology pages of the BBC news site. Is the BBC scared that it’s going to loose its position as people stop paying the TV-tax and watch channels on the internet instead?

We get endless “news” stories about Robin Hood, but a big development like this is all but ignored.

MM (No 4)
Why is it that a group of right of centre bloggers felt the need to start their own station? In their own words:

“The channel’s founders believe that conventional political TV has let down its audience by dumbing down political debate to the lowest common denominator. It believes that no political party truly understands the electorate’s disappointment with the current state of politics. It aims to be an anti-establishment channel – championing rebel opinions in all of the mainstream parties and constantly questioning authority.”

The programme last night examining the Neo-con philosophy was a great example of what they set out to achieve I thought. Intelligent, in depth debate, without a sneering egocentric presenter (you know who you are) trying to score points.

In 10 years when we have 50000 TV channels coming across the internet, what place for the TV tax then?

  • 6.
  • At 07:21 AM on 12 Oct 2006,
  • Barbara Hopwood wrote:

Of course it is important that we are kept informed of world events - North Korea and it's nuclear capability included. Perhaps I have missed the programme or news item where we were informed of America's nuclear arsenal, and given their Administration's record of international agression over decades, perhaps my worries of anhialation are focused in the wrong direction.

  • 7.
  • At 05:31 PM on 12 Oct 2006,
  • Sam wrote:

18 Doughty street also featured on The Politics show on the weekend, how much coverage does it want?
Rarely does a competitor get any mention on any tv channel, so you should be happy with the free publicity 18 Doughty street has already got.

  • 8.
  • At 09:00 PM on 12 Oct 2006,
  • Ian wrote:

Just to add to the above comments, Iain Dale regularly appears on BBC News 24 and has also made a number of appearances on Newsnight. The BBC has given Iain's blog plenty of publicity.

  • 9.
  • At 10:00 AM on 13 Oct 2006,
  • Sam wrote:

Barbara, I think you did miss the programme of events highlighting America's nuclear weapon capability, I think they were shown sometime around 1945.

  • 10.
  • At 10:56 AM on 13 Oct 2006,
  • Sean Keeney wrote:

A couple of points for D.G from someone (me) without any political affiliation. In fact I don't care a monkeys about politics:

1. 18DS is *not* an internet 'TV' station. It's a video blog of which there are thousands based in the UK. Don't call yourselves a TV station when you don't transmit signals to TVs. If you still insist on being called a TV station then sorry I beat you to it when I was transmitting live video of my dancing cat regularly to friends round the world.

2. You mention taxpayers money being spent on the BBC. Yours is privately funded I assume. Care to tell us where from, or was it from *cough* loans *cough* donations from businesses with a Tory bent? At least with the BBC I know where the money comes from.

3. Any perceived bias in the BBC is scrutinised and complained about by both sides constantly. For a political bystander this actually gives me encouragement that they're at least trying to be impartial. I can't imagine the Tories complaining about your site.

4. Having looked at your site, nowhere is it apparent to me that you've made your bias to the Tories clear, in fact you seem to avoid any mention. Not mentioning what you are doesn't make you impartial!

5. Myself like most reasonable people would rather in a million years watch the BBC than such a partisan station as yours. The same would go for any 'internet TV' station that Labour come up with. To attract younger jaded ex-voters as myself you'd be best breaking away from the spin and 'he said she said' politics we have these days rather than spending money on this biased trash.

6. I suspect the real reason you keep posting on this 'biased' site is because you link to your own site and are trying to increase your search engine rankings. If you really want discussion then leave the link off, as I have done to my own site. Until then you're just trolling and spamming the board.



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