Sunday, June 17, 2007

BBC report says its institutionally liberal - aka left wing

    The BBC has failed to promote proper debate on major political issues because of the inherent liberal culture of its staff, a report commissioned by the corporation has concluded.

So report the Sunday Telegraph from an internal BBC report. Now that is one report I'd like to get a copy of ...

They go on to say -

    The report concludes BBC staff must be more willing to challenge their own beliefs.

    It reads: “There is a tendency to 'group think’ with too many staff inhabiting a shared space and comfort zone.”

I wonder what the full report says. This is the sort of thing many of us have been complaining about.

Update: The BBC is reporting this one day latter here .... I attach some quotes below. The full report is available here. ( I'm off to the pub - one final go at the local pub quiz before one of the regular three of us gets sent to Australia - so I'll have to read it tomorrow ).

    ..Among them (guiding principals for impartiality) is the statement that impartiality is "not necessarily to be found on the centre ground". notes that news programmes missed several emerging stories on Europe and immigration which it described as "off limits in terms of a liberal-minded comfort zone".

    But "the report does not say that the BBC is institutionally biased," deputy director general Mark Byford told BBC News 24.

What Mark doesn't say is "the report says the BBC is not institutionally biased". Spot the difference .... Even the BBC report quote Andrew Marr as saying the BBC has an "innate liberal bias".

Still with the panic in the British centre right today and over the last few days its great timing to get this out without many people noticing.

Further update:

The Telegraph is warming up on the subject even more today (19th) see Damian Thompson and Nicole Martin.

I note that Iain Dale has been quiet on this issue ....

And of course I should leave out the original Biased BBC blog - where it must be Christmas right now !

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