BBC staff must be more willing to challenge their own beliefs

BBC report finds bias within corporation


Will we see some serious soul-searching at Al Bebeceera now or is this just another fizzler?

By Gary Cleland
The Telegraph UK

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.

The report claims that coverage of single-issue political causes, such as climate change and poverty, can be biased – and is particularly critical of Live 8 coverage, which it says amounted to endorsement.

It warns that celebrities must not be pandered to and allowed to hijack the BBC schedule.

After a year-long investigation the report, published today, maintains that the corporation’s coverage of day-to-day politics is fair and impartial.

* There you go: It took them one year to figure out that all is well and that they should go on like they always did…

But it says coverage of Live 8, the 2005 anti-poverty concerts organised by rock star campaigners Bob Geldof and Bono and writer Richard Curtis, failed to properly debate the issues raised.

Instead, at a time when the corporation was renegotiating its charter with the government, it allowed itself to effectively become a promotional tool for Live 8, which was strongly supported by Tony Blair and Gordon Brown.

Geldof, Bono and Curtis were attempting to pressure world leaders at the G8 Summit in Gleneagles, which was taking place at the same time, to help reduce poverty in developing countries under the banner ‘Make Poverty History’.

Mr Blair said the campaign was a “mighty achievement”. The huge Live 8 concerts across the world were its culmination and the BBC cleared its schedules to show them, with coverage on BBC One, Two and Three and Radio One and Two.

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

A staff impartiality seminar held last year is also documented in the report, at which executives admitted they would broadcast images of the Bible being thrown away but not the Koran, in case Muslims were offended.

During the seminar a senior BBC reporter criticised the corporation for being anti-American.

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Can the Shahada save him now?

Well, it worked for these guys:


Army of Islam Threatens to Kill BBC Reporter


Convert or die’- alert from kidnapped BBC propagandist Alan Johnston:

From LGF:

Hamas jumped the gun a little bit when they promised to release kidnapped BBC reporter Alan Johnston: Group holding BBC reporter makes threat.

It’s an Islamic terrorist version of “good cop/bad cop,” intended to position Hamas as Johnston’s saviors.

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip – A shadowy group holding a British Broadcasting Corp. correspondent for three months threatened on Sunday to kill him, in a video broadcast by the Al-Jazeera satellite TV channel.

A spokesman for The Army of Islam, identified as Abu Khattab, told Al-Jazeera that there was no deal to release Alan Johnston, and “ if the situation gets more complicated concerning us and our group, then we will ingratiate ourselves to Allah by slaying this journalist.”

My. Wasn’t Alan Johnston a ‘good friend’ and the best propagandist for the Palestinians?