Distorted news coverage by the BBC

Metro letters

Metro letters

You may or may not have been aware that 50,000 marched against austerity in London last Saturday.

You may or may not have been aware that the Saturday previous, across the country Vodafone was occupied in protest at their tax dodging activity.

If you were thinking, maybe you missed the mention by the BBC, you’d be correct. You missed the mention because there was no mention.

Nor would you be aware that the Green Party were offering a radical alternative, which is more can be said of Labour under the spineless Ed Miliband, which is offering, what ever the Tories offer, we will hit the poor and disadvantaged even harder, as we saw with the threat to curtail benefits to young unemployed.

We have banal news coverage at its worse with the Westminster Hour, or the infantile exchanges at Prime Minister Question Time.

We have has-been politicians wheeled out as ‘experts’.

We are led to believe there are no alternatives to austerity, that there is no money.

There are alternatives, it is simply that they are not being discussed.

There is the money, if tax dodging was dealt with.

If a poorly resourced outfit like Democracy Now, can cover the issues, can wheel out experts, why not the BBC?

A couple of nights ago, BBC Radio 4 World Tonight had a report on what the Germans thought of British thoughts on the EU. Does anyone give a toss?

BBC Radio 4 World at One, once a week wheels out their so-called MPs Panel. Does anyone give a toss?

BBC is obsessed with the minutia of what happens at Westminster, the tittle-tattle.

On Climate Change, BBC practices what can only be described as false impartiality. A reputable scientist will be pitched against Nigel Lawson, a has-been politicians, disaster as Chancellor, and an ignoramus on climate science (which he dismisses as opinion). No mention of where the funding is coming from.

Across Europe, and in Latin America, though to a lesser extent in the UK, as a reaction to austerity, people are moving towards collaborative commons, a sharing economy. When did you last hear this discussed, analysed or reported on by the BBC?

This criticism could equally be levelled at the mainstream media. True, but when newspapers are the organs of Big Business, we know what to expect, we can choose not to buy, not to read.

BBC is funded by us, we have already paid up front for the coverage.

BBC is a public service with a remit to cover and analyse news, events signifying social and political shifts in the country, and not a spokesperson for power or corporate interests.

We have a cosy elite, all went to the same schools.

Do we need to launch a campaign for real news?

Without news, analysis, people do not know what is going on in the world.

Failure to report protest is deliberate, it may give others ideas, show them it is the norm not the exception.

The response from the BBC is the usual Nanny knows best:

Thanks for contacting us about coverage of the People’s Assembly anti-austerity demonstration on 21 June.

We understand you feel there was insufficient coverage of this demonstration by BBC News.

We have received a wide range of feedback about our coverage of this story. In order to use our TV licence fee resources efficiently, this general response aims to answer the key concerns raised, but we apologise in advance if it doesn’t address your specific points in the manner you would prefer.

Your concerns were raised with senior editorial staff at BBC News who responded as follows:

“We covered this demonstration on the BBC News Channel with five reports throughout Saturday evening, on the BBC News website on Sunday, as well as on social media. We choose which stories we cover based on how newsworthy they are and what else is happening and we didn’t provide extensive coverage because of a number of bigger national and international news stories that day, including the escalating crisis in Iraq, British citizens fighting in Syria and the death of Gerry Conlon.

We frequently report on the UK economy and what it means for the British public. We also reflect the concerns of people such as those demonstrating, and others who hold opposing views, across our daily news output on TV, radio as well as online, and we also explore them in more depth including in our political programming and current affairs investigations, debates on ‘Question Time’ and during interviews and analysis on programmes such as ‘PM’ and ‘Newsnight’. Inevitably, there may be disagreements over the level of prominence we give to stories, but we believe our coverage of this subject has been fair and impartial.”

We hope this goes some way to explaining our position, and thanks again for taking the time to contact us.

Convicted criminal Andy Coulson, former Editor of The News of The World and government spin doctor, was “concerned” that a forthcoming series of reports on the Government’s public spending review had the correct “context”.

Coulson made his concerns known to Helen Boaden, the BBC’s head of news, at a recent lunch meeting. Miss Boaden is understood to have “reassured” Mr Coulson over his concerns.

In the note for Mr Thompson, Miss Boaden provided Mr Thompson with a detailed list of all the positive news coverage that the BBC was planning, or had already broadcast.

It details the extensive opportunities that will be offered to Government ministers including George Osborne, the Chancellor; Nick Clegg; the Deputy Prime Minister; and Mr Cameron to explain the public sector cuts.

In the absence of a functioning independent media, not one promoting vested interests, we do not have a functioning democracy.

Please sign the petition calling for changes to BBC news reporting.

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