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Again We Say, “What About the BBC?”

It’s heartening to know it’s not a lonely furrow I’m ploughing. Far more respectable names than I have been writing about the double standards being demonstrated by those challenging News International’s ‘dominance’; Murdoch’s bad empire needs dismantling, says Ed Miliband for one, while a far less accountable (to their consumers) media empire is left untouched in the form of the BBC.

Melanie Philips and John Redwood, among others, have made much the same point as I did last week. No-one is suggesting that the BBC were guilty of some of the more despicable acts that the NOTW or other titles (within and without News International) got up to, though in the not too distant past the Beeb has hardly acted like the pinnacle of quality and ethical journalism it would like to think it is. However, if you’re going to set a threshold for what is ‘too powerful’ then it has to be consistently applied, for who is to tell if power that is currently wielded for ‘good’ will not be turned to ‘bad’ in the future?

(Update: A deserved link to Bill Quango MP’s effort at Capitalists@Work)

‘A picture paints a thousand words’, so here’s some pie:


Not to Grauniad Datablog standards, but you get the idea.

 

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2 responses to “Again We Say, “What About the BBC?”

  1. JD July 19, 2011 at 10:59 am

    Ask yourself why the BBC is popular?
    Is it because it is likely to report the News with less bias?

    Then extrapolate what would happen to the viewing figures if the BBC became solely or a part of a propaganda machine instead?

    The other sources also have the capability of high audience figures but it is at the end of the day decided by individual choices based on the provided or expected quality of content.

    As for NOTW was it still popular or had it become a habit to buy it?
    Maybe you can judge that (and the BBC’s prospects if they do something untoward) by the reaction to this scandal?

  2. vircantium July 19, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    “Ask yourself why the BBC is popular?
    Is it because it is likely to report the News with less bias?”
    As it already reports with too much bias, the answer must be no. The BBC has achieved its position as a result of unfair state-aid, enabling it to dominate the market without significant risk.

    “The other sources also have the capability of high audience figures but it is at the end of the day decided by individual choices based on the provided or expected quality of content.”
    Agreed.

    “As for NOTW was it still popular or had it become a habit to buy it?”
    Habit or not, the choice still existed, and that is where the natural accountability and regulation existed and, ultimately, led to its demise.
    Uniquely, such accountability does not apply to the BBC. It is too powerful, even if it has not overstepped the mark as much as the NOTW did.

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