Saturday, May 15, 2010

How the BBC makes the news

There's an interesting post by Dan Hannan today where he describes the sort of calls he's been getting from BBC researchers who are fishing for evidence for the story they want to run - read Dan here.

We know from former BBC employees and from facebook profiles that the BBC is an institutionally left wing organisation many of whom's staff go on to careers in left wing parties.

So when they try to create the news like this ( in this case splits with David Cameron and the new coalition ) its going way beyond their brief.

Its fine for the Guardian, Mirror and Independent to do this sort of thing - after all they are left wing newspapers, but the BBC is supposed to be impartial and operate to inform opinion not lead it.

But we all know the reality is very different.

So here's one of my greatest disappointments about the new Lib Dem - Conservative coalition, which is that the BBC won't get sorted out this time as the Lib Dems will protect it.

The day of reckoning is now at least 5 years hence and that is a great shame for our democracy and for the licence fee payers.


Gareth said...

Link is to Heffer article.

Man in a Shed said...

Thanks Toque - fixed. ( Just shows my reading habits. )