At the BBC it is mostly a matter of (lost) trust

(comment originally left at the LSE “Polis” blog)

[Charlie Beckett] speaks of a “systematic problem of leadership and accountability at the BBC“. I don’t understand how such a problem wouldn’t translate in mistrust by the public?

I have personally experienced the BBC’s willingness to distort its news reporting. Just [on Friday], we’ve learnt of a pensioner having to argue for a very simple FOI request against _six_ lawyers fielded by the BBC exactly to avoid “accountability”.

I have learned to trust very little of the statements expressed by BBC journos. They’re invariably wrong, late and/or half-blind to the news. Plus on an insane competition with Sky News regarding which outlet can broadcast the more scare.

To this foreigner this story reminds of the demise of the Empire, to which everybody kept swearing allegiance even as it could no longer possibly exist. But don’t lose hope, the Corporation will circle the wagons and continue to fail pretending nobody’s noticing.

3 Replies to “At the BBC it is mostly a matter of (lost) trust”

  1. As I post on another blog on this subject –

    It was not for nothing that in George Orwell’s book 1984 the torture room is 101.
    While working for the BBC (1941 to 1943) Orwell had to attend extremely boring executive committee meetings. These meetings took place at 55 Portland Place in Room 101.
    One can thereby conclude that in the book 1984, Orwell chose Room 101 as Winston’s torture chamber as a way of getting back at the BBC department heads for running those meetings filled with mindless management speak!

    The BBC has always had a political agenda and a lefty bias. It has never truly live up to its motto of speaking truth unto nation because the lack of internal honesty precludes this. The doublespeak of the BBC started a long time ago and continues now – unperturbed by reality.

  2. Certainly the Empire no longer exists, but you can still find monuments to its past existence everywhere in British society – for instance those little corner shops open all hours manned by Asian families where you can get junk food, cheap videos and even some serious reading matter – a bit like the BBC in fact.
    Maybe we should do what the Italians do with their national broadcasting station – give control of the main channel to the government, the second one to the opposition, and the third to a bunch of minority dissidents, intellectuals and troublemakers.

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