Wednesday, September 11, 2002

The ABC Staff collective better hope that no-one ever runs a study like this on their cosy tenure. Here’s a taste:

Breaches of the [BBC] Guidelines which we have detected include:

Incorrect use of language
Unbalanced reporting
Inappropriate selection of material
Distortion and omission of facts.

We understand that the Israeli Palestinian Conflict is an emotive topic, and that it is difficult to avoid taking sides. Most broadcasters and other media may and do take sides. The BBC may not.

The BBC is funded by public money. Partly because of this, it has accepted a duty on itself to cover politically controversial issues in an impartial way. The persistent failure to treat the Middle East in an impartial way constitutes a breach of the trust which Licence payers have placed in the BBC.

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