The Telegraph’s blog on the subject of trust in the BBC is an astonishing outpouring of pent-up fury. Go look!
The licence fee must go and heads should roll in the BBC notably in the News and Current Affairs department where the corruption is most intense.
I have already reported on the estimable Lord Pearson ‘s success in forcing an enquiry into the blatant bias of the Today programme
Keep up the pressure while they’re on their knees. But they’re a slimy lot with the ear of the government and they’ll wriggle out of it somehow if they can
Thursday, July 19, 2007
The corruption of the Beeb
With the corrupt activities of the BBC firmly in the news, it is a joy to see the responses to the Telegraph's rather naïve question, "Do you still trust the BBC?"
What is heartening is the preponderance of responses framed in terms of, "whaddya mean still, paleface?", indicating (albeit from a self-selecting sample), a deep well of suspicion of the output of the Beeb.
Enter Tory MP, Bob Spink, recently elected Chairman of the Campaign for an Independent Britain, replacing the much admired Lord Stoddart who had stepped down after 23 years in the post.
Spink has seized the moment to table an early day motion (EDM) in the House of Commons, broadening out the debate to remind members that there are bigger issues at stake than the petty corruption of rigging phone-in contests and the like, thus bringing the reporting of EU issues into the frame. His motion reads:
That this House is concerned that the BBC's new Charter, which took full effect from 1st January 2007, has so far failed to change both the perception of the Corporation's bias and its editorial and policy directions; and calls on the BBC's governing body to address these issues frankly and openly, particularly in respect of partiality on issues such as the European Union, and to publish a statement on how it intends to improve public trust in the BBC as a strictly impartial and much valued public service broadcaster.
Spink is asking for examples of BBC bias and he can contacted here here - email@example.com
We have sent him this [here the Blog deals with the total misreporting of the EU’s failing Galileo satellite navigation system where the official opposition reply to the government in the HoC debate went unreported as did Bill Cash’s robust exposure* - cs] and, no doubt, readers will have their own examples.
However, as we have pointed out, the most egregious examples of BBC bias are in what they do not air, rather than what they do – the phenomenon of selection bias, which is very much harder to prove.
That makes Spink's initiative very much complementary to the tireless work of Lord Pearson and the ongoing review of BBC coverage, following his allegation that the Radio 4 Today programme is so biased in favour of the European Union that only one in five interviewees is a Eurosceptic.
Even this, though, does not deal with the "elephant in the room" syndrome, where the EU connections between government policies and EU initiatives (and laws) are rarely acknowledged, so much so that few people (who rely on BBC output) even begin to understand the extent to which Brussels intervention rules our lives.
Nevertheless, keeping the pressure on the BBC has to be an important priority of the Eurosceptic movement. We need (- - - ) to fight them on every front.
posted by Richard North
* nb link to this report: