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BBC New Shock

Best ever BBC news caption?

The Morton job has taken its toll!

The answer to unemployment?

This BBC report appeared yesterday:

On closer examination one finds this particularly insightful analysis of the problem:

Well spotted Claret and Amber.

Bawbag hits Helensburgh

Indeed folks

“A red-weather alert has been issued in parts of Scotland as high winds batter the west coast.

Hundreds of schools have been closed, with south and west Scotland worst affected.

The BBC’s Lorna Gordon is in Helensburgh where the storm is already starting to hit.”

Click here to see the hurricane hitting the burgh today.

Who Knew?

Claret and Amber sends this:

The BBC and Impartiality

We’re in the age of the policy, the charter and the mission statement. One can hardly buy a product or service these days without being bombarded by meaningless drivel on an individual, company or government body’s ethical principles.

Most of it is bollocks.

Click Here for some of the endless knots the BBC ties itself up in, in the pursuit of “impartiality” Click Here for more. The Beeb says it is simply maintaining impartiality by not allowing an appeal for humanitarian aid for Gaza to be broadcast. And yet by their refusal, have they not just declared their support for the Israeli government who claim there is no humanitarian crisis?

One can impartially judge whether there is a humanitarian crisis here:

The Disasters Emergency Committee are the organisation behind the Gaza Humanitarian Appeal. They have been around since 1963 and encompass 13 aid agencies including the British Red Cross, Christian Aid, Save the Children, Oxfam and Help the Aged. They too of course have a mission statement and critera for intervention. The three principles which govern their intervention are interesting.

1. The disaster must be on such a scale and of such urgency as to call for swift international humanitarian assistance.
2. The DEC agencies, or some of them, must be in a position to provide effective and swift humanitarian assistance at a scale to justify a national appeal.
3. There must be sufficient public awareness of, and sympathy for, the humanitarian situation so as to give reasonable grounds for concluding that a public appeal will be successful.

All I would suggest much more concise and helpful than the hand wringing rubbish currently emanating from the BBC. I will be donating to the DEC today and their address is on the clip below should you wish to help. (NB other broadcasters are mentioned on the clip. They have all, even Sky*, since agreed to broadcast the appeal)

*edit, actually Sky have refused to broadcast it after all. File them with BBC.

Shame on the BBC

From BBC News Thursday 22/01/09

“Aid agencies are battling to meet the urgent needs of tens and thousands of displaced, homeless and injured people in Gaza, as well as to get damaged water, power and sewage infrastructure back even to their ailing pre-war levels.

That stage alone will cost “hundreds of millions” of dollars, while long term reconstruction will run into “billions,” the UN has said.

Two separate Palestinian surveys have put the cost of the damage just under $2bn.

One said it would take three to five years to rebuild even under normal conditions – never mind with the continued Israeli blockade which stops all but humanitarian basics entering the strip.”

From BBC News Thursday 22/01/09

“The BBC has defended a decision not to air a TV fund-raising appeal for Gaza, saying it wanted to avoid compromising public confidence in its impartiality.

It said a decision was taken with other broadcasters not to show the Disasters Emergency Committee crisis appeal on any network in the UK.

A corporation statement added there were also doubts about “the delivery of aid in a volatile situation”.

DEC said there was “clear evidence” the British public wanted to help.

In a statement, the BBC said: “The BBC decision was made because of question marks about the delivery of aid in a volatile situation and also to avoid any risk of compromising public confidence in the BBC’s impartiality in the context of an ongoing news story. ”


What the Beeb says about McKenzie.

The following is the answer I got about my complaint about Kelvin McKenzie to the BBC. Whilst the answer is fair enough I do wonder what the reaction would have been had his comments been about the inhabitants of Pakistan, the West Indies or Palestine. Would they then be considered a legal issue? McKenzie of course will be revelling in the contoversy he's provoked so I for one will leave it there. Goodbye Mr McKenzie -You are the weakest link!



Thank you for your e-mail regarding Question Time on 11 October 2007.

Kelvin Mackenzie was a high profile former editor of a tabloid newspaper – and current columnist – with strong opinions.  

We have had a number of complaints about the views he expressed last night.  The production team were not aware in advance that he was going to make remarks about Scotland and it was not the subject of the question asked.  His view was robustly rejected both by other panellists and members of the audience.  David Dimbleby pointed out that his Sun column is not carried in the Scottish edition of the paper.

The programme is pre-recorded but is only edited to deal with legal or technical issues.  His views did not fall into that category and it would not therefore have been appropriate to edit them out.

Question Time considers him to be a suitable panellist since the programme is committed to including a wide range of views and perspectives.  His views are controversial – but robust argument is what the debate on Question Time is all about. There is no question of the BBC or Question Time endorsing the views of any panellist who appears on the programme.

Thank you again for taking the time to contact us.


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