Biased? Moi????




Craig at Is the BBC biased? brings us the redoubtable Tom Gross who so often nails the Media’s failure to report impartially and who says that…

I’m in touch which quite a lot of senior editors and I myself pointed out mistakes to them in private meetings and they kind of brushed them aside. They don’t care.


Much as I respect Tom Gross I have to conclude he is mistaken…Jeremy ‘I saw nothing’ Bowen reveals all in an answer and question session held recently….


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So there you go…Jezza assures you he isn’t a propagandist…certainly not for the Israelis anyway.

Jeremy is though a bit of a grouch and doesn’t take criticism well…still refusing to accept the BBC Trust’s judgement that he had sinned.

Here he is lashing out at his critics who think he should be concentrating on the war in Syria instead of reporting on food…as someone has kindly taken the time to catalogue.

Jeremy Bowen: Why I tweet pictures of food from warzones

Feeding the trolls

The first time I went to a war, in El Salvador in 1989, I was struck by the fact that tomatoes were on sale a few streets away from the centre of the fighting in the capital San Salvador. My conscience bothered me. Should I have included that small piece of relative normality in my report? I didn’t at the time. But ever since I have wondered how to reflect the vestiges of normal life that can exist in the most abnormal places.

Recently, as well as reporting on what’s happening for the BBC, I have taken to tweeting pictures of food. I’ve sent plenty from Damascus. That’s partly because I think food tells you a lot about a society. But also because it is important to show how people live as well as how they die. I have had a quite a severe trolling from those who disapprove, on the grounds that anything other than the horror of war is a distortion and a distraction. I disagree. If you don’t like it, trolls, don’t look at the pictures.


Good to see that his conscience bothered him as he chose whether or not to report on tomatoes in a war zone…not so conflicted however about those BBC reporters under his control who deliberately mislead audiences with their anti-Israel propaganda.

Of course, as he says, if we don’t like the way the BBC reports the news we don’t have to look at the pictures or read the reports….but we do have to pay for them….and Jeremy’s wages.

Still, churlish to expect him to do his job when he’s so obviously happy doing whatever.



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The Lady’s Not For UKIPing

Thought I’d reuse the photo…too good not to…again thanks to Stewart for the link


Remember when Nigel Farage talked about having a gang of Romanians for neighbours and he was publicly disembowelled and the BBC hurried to offer James O’Brien a shift on Newsnight on the strength of the hatchet job?

How different today when a Labour MP tweets a photo implying that people who fly the English flag and drive a white van will be voting UKIP and by implication must be racist, and the BBC, et al, sets out to defend the culprit.

Peter Allen today was asking if it was really a sackable offence…‘are we all going a bit crazy at the moment?’ he asked…..and a BBC roving news reporter actually said he thought it wasn’t the right decision to sack the good lady…maybe he was talking for himself, or on Ed Miliband’s behalf….but the BBC does seem upset that it is Labour getting all the flak on the front pages this morning and not the Tories whom they want you to know have taken a hell of a beating.

However… they also, paradoxically, wish to play down UKIP’s win….it’s a flash in the pan, a by-election anomaly that will be corrected in the general election, UKIP disappointed as they got less than expected, and they will fall apart under scrutiny.

Oh yes…and they are not breaking the mould of politics.

Really?  They have forced all the major parties to adopt their narrative about immigration, and the Tories are panicking about Europe…and oh yes…the swing to UKIP  28% from the Tories……via Guido:


And a mere 42% change overall…if that isn’t mould breaking what is?

The BBC has long whinged about the sameness of politics and the uniform, production line product of PPE Oxbridge graduates populating the government and opposition…they hoped Russell Brand was the solution…turns out he’s not….but the mould is definitely being broken.

Of course UKIP has the odds stacked against them…all the political parties, the BBC, much of the Media, even the Telegraph, is ranged against them watching and searching for every chink in their armour, every faux pas, every ‘mis-spoken’ word, seeking to crush them out of existence.




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British Values And Closed Societies


‘For those of us who value an open, liberal society it is time to explain why a liberal democratic society is superior to the alternatives.’


Gunther Grass was raised in a Nazi dominated society. He absorbed the Nazi ethos all through his young life and at 17 he joined the SS claiming he was not conscious of any guilt at the time, it was normal, but later lived a life marked by shame.

A member of the Hitler Youth, he had been, as he admits in his memoir, “a Young Nazi … a believer to the end”, one who saw his “Fatherland threatened, surrounded by enemies.”
How could he not believe that it was his duty to take part in that “life-and-death” struggle.

After the war, a lot of people pretended that the “poor German people had been seduced by a horde of evils,” Grass said in the interview Friday, but that “was not the truth. It happened all in broad daylight. And with enthusiasm and with popularity.”


Sound familiar when we see young Muslims heading off to join ISIS and Al Qaeda and their parents blaming the West for not having tackled Assad?


In 2012 we stated that…

‘There clearly needs to be a debate about immigration and Islam in a ‘secular’ Western democracy.  Is the BBC prepared to hold it?’

Is anyone prepared to hold it?  MI5 thinks not….

People in MI5 tell me that denying the connection between Islamism and terrorism derives from the belief that if you accept it, there’s no hope for a multicultural society in Britain: we would just have to recognise that part of the population is permanently liable to become terrorists.


However it looks like the BBC has bitten the bullet with this remarkably open condemnation of ‘conservative’ Islam by David Goodhart……

‘Some say that if people understood Islam more everything would be fine, they would be more tolerant of it…I think quite the contrary…the more they understand about it the more alien they would find it…authoritarian, collectivist, patriarchal, all the sort of things that Britain might have been 100 years ago but isn’t now’


A Muslim, Gina Khan, tells us that the British state is not aware of what is going on in Muslim communities…Muslim citizens are being stripped of their British rights in a liberal democratic society by imposed Muslim culture.

Goodhart says that the Koran expresses many values that are in opposition to the values of a liberal democracy but asks is it really a problem?  Can’t we accomodate conservative Muslims and their extremes?

A Muslim says….Recognise these differences, celebrate the difference but not in exchange for a common unity and a common identity.

Another Muslim says…’We completely understand the concerns people have about Islam…we have them too.’

Goodhart finishes off with this thought…..

The gulf between conservative Islam and mainstream British society is deeper than with any other comparable community…for those of us who value an open, liberal society it is time to explain why a liberal democratic society is superior to the alternatives.


A bit of a challenge for the BBC…..though credit for broadcasting this programme….the question is will it and its questions filter through to the mainstream BBC such as Jeremy Vine, Campbell, Peter Allen, Nolan and Derbyshire?

The all too usual effect of such programmes is to briefly illuminate the truth but then to be quietly forgotten whilst the likes of the above continue to bury their heads in the sand peddling their myths about Islam and its valuable contribution to a secular and progressive society like ours.


Here is what is being taught at Luton Mosque…and many others…

Honour,victory, and strength will only come to this Ummah when we return and unite upon the pure religion as it was brought by the Prophet (alayhis salaam) and practiced by the Companions. Only when we single out Allah, alone, in worship and give obedience to Him and His Messenger, will the Help of Allah come.

And they ask why Muslims rush to join ISIS.  Because that is what they are being taught by mainstream mosques….the above is a call to practise fundamentalist Islam and for the creation of a caliphate.


The BBC’s deeply ingrained mantra….

Moderate Islam is Our New Religion
Moderate Islam isn’t what most Muslims believe. It’s what most liberals believe that Muslims believe.

The new multicultural theology of the West is moderate Islam. Moderate Islam is the perfect religion for a secular age since it isn’t a religion at all.


Gina Khan told us this a long time ago but has been pretty much ignored by the BBC until now….

As a young child and teenager I grew up in an area where the majority was English but there were also Greeks, Chinese, Jamaicans and Indians living in the same community.

Everybody got on and respected each other. My parents ran
supermarkets, so we were integrated, if not allowed to assimilate as females because of the religion. And now the white people are leaving, the area has disintegrated, and it breaks my heart. Most members of my family have moved out.
The area has been Islamised. Mosques, mini-mosques and madrasas rise up on almost every street corner, but there is nothing for the youth. Drugs and crime has made the area unsafe for young girls. Social services and the police know what is going on.

I have witnessed anti-west and anti-Jew posters and leaflets appear in shops run by young bearded Muslims. I watched the Islamists mobilise the Muslim community right under my nose. Before 9/11 the time I could not name it, but I knew something was not right, but it was being done in the name of Islam.

The extremists have had over twenty five uncontested years to mobilise the minds of British Muslims and their backwardness now dominates some areas.

Multicultural polices are not working…


Over twenty five years to mobilise the minds of British Muslims?…hang on….isn’t that long before 2003 and the Iraq War?  And that was written in 2009 by Khan.

Radicalisation began long, long ago.  The BBC needs a new narrative on the real causes of terrorism.




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With Friends Like These….

H/T Stewart for the image


Nothing to do with BBC bias (that I can think of)…but an amusing illustration of the tangled web Labour weaves with its hypocrisy when we are told we must have a civilised, balanced debate on immigration…and then they label anyone, not themselves of course, who talks about it as racist….naturally not openly…using terms such as ‘a race to the bottom’ or tweets like the one below to cast aspersions.



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You have to laugh at the date on the poster…2004…just as Labour opened the floodgates for mass immigration intended to ‘rub the Right’s nose in diversity’ and to essentially ethnically cleanse Britain of its hideously white, British nature.


Back to the future and a tweet from a Labourite…


“It was a house covered in British flags. I’ve never seen anything like it before. My point is that it’s a remarkable image of a house completely covered in flags. There’s three of them.”





Think the meaning is clear…racist little englander lives here…where UKIP flourishes….vote Labour!


Perhaps Miliband should also resign…after all his sentiments aren’t dissimilar to those expressed in the tweet….

Labour would be “talking more about immigration as a party”, he said, “but always on the basis of Labour values, not UKIP values”.


And we all know what UKIP’s values are don’t we children?  If UKIP wins in Rochdale will Miliband be denouncing all those voters as racists?  Oh..he just has.

Perhaps the BBC could ‘hold his feet to the fire’ about such sentiments.

Doubt it somehow…politicians and commenters always get away with slipping in subtle ‘UKIP are racist’ smears on the BBC.







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The BBC…Please Give Us Your Money

Ben Stephenson in head of commissioning at BBC Drama department..



Interested to hear the BBC’s Ben Stephenson, Controller BBC Drama Commissioning tell us that:

“Only the BBC supports the range of writers and ideas that these new announcements demonstrate. This massive investment signals the future direction of BBC drama. Once regarded as only the home of traditional period drama, I now believe we are the home of the best writers and the most ambitious modern drama. The point of the BBC is to deliver range and risk above and beyond other UK broadcasters, and I believe the success of our drama offering this year and the announcements we are making today pave the way for an exciting future.”


He told us this morning on Today (08:47) that the unique way of funding the BBC allows for an ‘incredibly diverse range’ of programmes that gives people reason to support the license fee as they can relate at least to something that the BBC produces.

He tells us that drama should be thought provoking, provoking debate…as long as it has integrity…whatever that means.


Ben Stephenson is famous for declaring that…

We (The BBC) need to foster peculiarity, idiosyncrasy, stubborn-mindedness, left-of-centre thinking.

He is also the man who declared that the Classics were somewhat lacking in interest….

‘…he spoke about the importance of putting original drama and the best contemporary writing on the screen. Indeed he said that the BBC had a duty to give space to the best of today’s writers. But not those from the the past. Great plays for him can be fantastic in the theatre, but are probably not for television.

‘I just worry that they are not going to be that stimulating on screen’ he said.


When the BBC tries to defend and justify its license fee by saying it represents all the people, each of whom can find something they like within its ‘incredibly diverse range’ of programming perhaps that is somewhat tongue in cheek when we know that the BBC’s political output, the most important part of its remit, one that needs to be impartial and diverse, fails totally to give satisfaction.

Europe, immigration, Islam, climate change, Israel, UKIP…..all subjects that the BBC jealously guards the parameters of debate…you can debate it but only so far…go beyond what the BBC finds acceptable and the debate is closed down.

Perhaps we shoud hear from the BBC’s Head of News to find out what their strategy is for the future…is it inclusive and diverse?  Perhaps Nicky Campbell could do a show on it.






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Learn About Diversity And Tolerance…Visit A Mosque

Ofsted has downgraded a school …..for limiting pupils’ “first-hand experience” of modern society and….pupils’ cultural development was limited by a “lack of first-hand experience of the diverse make up of modern British society”.


Nicky Campbell was on the case this morning:

A primary school in rural Lincolnshire didn’t get an “outstanding” status from Ofsted partly because its pupils’ lacked first-hand experience of the diverse make up of modern British society. Nicky asks: can you learn about diversity in the classroom or do you have to live it?


Campbell was, as usual, overly sympathetic to the callers ‘celebrating diversity’ whilst somewhat more sceptical in tone towards those who had any critiques of such a policy.

When someone called Margaret Morrissey from an organisation called ‘Parents OutLoud’     came on he immediately labelled her as coming from a ‘pressure group’, a perjorative, negative term…and used knowingly by BBC types to convey a particular message about someone or some group whose views they disagree with.

No coincidence that Migration Watch was recently relegated once again to the status of ‘pressure group’ by the BBC when one of the architects of Labour’s immigration policy, Christian Dustmann, announced that European immigrants were a fantastic asset to this country…as his own research shows!

The BBC leapt upon this and clearly felt it could now dismiss the highly accurate and authoritative Migration Watch as a mere pressure group.

Margaret Morrissey, as Campbell’s introduction might have led you to realise, wasn’t fully on board with Ofsted’s decision.

Other callers with similar doubts were also given less of a welcome than those supporting mass indoctrination.

Campbell told us that ‘Diversity is a vital part of our education’…presumably that doesn’t include political diversity such as is entirely absent at the BBC.

We were told that we had to ‘manage our prejudices’ and a caller declared that schools with greater diversity were far more successful educationally.

Somehow I doubt that….Faith schools being amongst the most successful and sought after…however Campbell didn’t object to that nonsense.

We were also told, as usual, that immigrants value education more than whites….hmm… Afro-Caribbeans?  Bangladeshis?   That’s a sweeping statement that is meaningless without any context….and is more politics than truth…..the inner city schools with a high percentage of immigrants that were successful in London were so because huge resources, funding and the best teachers, were directed towards them.

If the school is an inner city one with a majority of working class pupils who feel abandoned by the political and media elite, as evidenced by the continual labelling of them as feckless and worthless by both groups, then maybe they feel that an education is worthless…..but I doubt that could be totally true even in such a school and certainly not when extended out into the country as a whole where I imagine white pupils value education as much as any immigrant.

As I say such statements are more politics than truth, but don’t expect Campbell to challenge the easy prejudices that buttress his own.

And I did like the suggestion that pupils could learn a lot about diversity and tolerance by visiting a mosque…well, maybe, how it shouldn’t be done perhaps.


Allison Pearce in the Telegraph has her own comment…

Apparently, being ‘too English’ is now a crime

An excellent primary school in rural Lincolnshire has been denied the top grade by Ofsted inspectors. Problems with literacy, perhaps? Nope. Bad at sums? Actually, the kiddies’ maths is rather good.

I’m afraid the sad fact is that Middle Rasen Primary School has been found guilty of being “too English” or not multicultural enough. In vain have the headteacher and parents pointed out that it is hard to do anything about Ofsted’s criticism that the pupils “lacked first-hand experience of the diverse make-up of modern British society”.

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We Don’t Want To See



BBC had wall to wall images of Palestinian casualties in Gaza, they even had a special slide show of them…so keen were they to show the Palestinian’s suffering they even made it up…this actually being a picture from Syria.…..


…..and yet they don’t want too many  images of Israeli casualties on the Television….


A BBC interviewer refused to allow Economy Minister Naftali Bennett to show a photograph of victims of the terrorist attack in Jerusalem in an interview Tuesday morning.

Bennett appeared on BBC World News after a Palestinian spokesman, who claimed that Jews were murdering Palestinians in Jerusalem.

The Bayit Yehudi leader responded: “The fact is that [Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas] himself incites and tells the Arabs ‘take arms and fight the Jews.'”

Bennett’s comments echoed earlier remarks calling Abbas one of the biggest terrorists of the Palestinian people and blaming him for the bloodshed.

Then, Bennett lifted a photo of the scene of the terrorist attack, depicting a man in a tallit lying face down on the floor of a synagogue.

“You know, this individual came this morning to pray,” Bennett said, pointing at the man in the picture.

“We don’t want to actually see that picture, if you could take that down,” the interviewer shot back.




Listening to the BBC, they may report the horror of the attack but they seem to be suggesting all the blame is on the Israeli side……the Israelis have been the cause of increased tensions…and presumably must pay the price whatever that maybe.

Having posted one Tweet on the attack Jon Donnison, the BBC’s Oz correspondent, seems more concerned to link to something that defends Abbas

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The same Abbas who said….

Closure of Temple Mount site denounced by Mahmoud Abbas as ‘tantamount to a declaration of war’

In a further escalation of the rhetoric around the site, Abbas’s Fatah movement called for a “day of rage” for Friday.


The same Abbas who called a Palestinian who shot an Israeli Rabbi recently a martyr…

Mu’taz Ibrahim Khalil Hijazi, who will go to heaven as a martyr defending the rights of our people and its holy places

The same Abbas who runs the Palestinian Authority which day in day out preaches the destruction of Israel….




A Palestinian cartoon ‘instructing’ Palestinians on their own highway code….




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Klass Act





When you consider how ready the BBC is to plaster the thoughts of Chairman Brand all over the airwaves when he really hasn’t got anything of any originality or coherence to say it is surprising that when the Labour leader and his mansion tax policy is pretty much destroyed by another ‘celebrity’ we don’t hear a thing about it on the BBC….all the more surprising as the mansion tax is one of Miliband’s major policies designed of course to show how he is taking from the rich to give to the poor…might have thought the BBC would show an interest especially as Myleene Klass is said to have done a ‘Paxman’…perhaps she could get a place on Newsnight.

From the Telegraph:

Singer Myleene Klass ‘wipes the floor’ with Ed Miliband over mansion tax

Miss Klass, a former singer with pop group Hear’Say and TV presenter, joined business leaders, celebrities and politicians in her condemnation of Labour’s pledge to impose a tax on homes worth more than £2 million, and tore into Mr Miliband on ITV’s The Agenda on Monday night.

The singer told the Labour leader: “For me, it’s so disturbing – the name in its own right: ‘mansion tax’. Immediately you conjure up an image of these Barbie-esque houses, but in London, which is where 80 per cent of the people who will be paying this tax actually live, have you seen what that amount of money can get you? It’s like a garage.

“When you do look at the people who will be suffering this tax, it’s true a lot of them are grannies who have had these houses in their families for a long, long time.

“The people who are the super-super rich buying their houses for £140 million, this is not necessarily going to affect them because they’ve got their tax rebates and amazing accountants. It’s going to be the little grannies who have lived in those houses for years and years.”

“You may as well just tax me on this glass of water. You can’t just point at things and tax them.

Mr Miliband replied: “I totally understand that people don’t like paying more in tax. The values of my government are going to be different to the values of this government.”


No, haven’t heard a peep out of the BBC on the radio…despite Klass going into action on ITV last night…and nothing on the website…however even the lefty Mirror isn’t hiding this…..


Watch Myleene Klass turn into Paxman during mansion tax row with Labour leader Ed Miliband


Even the Guardian…

Myleene Klass ‘goes full Paxman’ on Ed Miliband over mansion tax




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Bomb ‘Em, Bomb ‘Em All


Yesterday the BBC’s security correspondent Frank Gardner treated us to his big hope….he thought that the West and its allies may consider ISIS to be such a threat that they decide to put boots on the ground…

Frank said ‘I really hope that’s not the case.’

Thanks Frank for your personal opinion.

Today he continued the theme informing us that military actions just don’t work and that good policing and political processes will defeat terrorism.

Well apart from the fact military action certainly does work in many cases just how does he propose Dixon of Arabia handle ISIS, will they come quietly’?  And what sort of negtotiations are you going to have with such terrorists?

Can they have part of Syria, part of Iraq, what about a bit of Turkey?  And what if they don’t want to stop there, their whole raison d’être being to create a world caliphate?


Simplistic, childish, very political dreams from the BBC.

One of the reasons ISIS popped up again was because the US withdrew its military and intelligence capability from Iraq…under pressure from people in the media and other commentators just like Frank.





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Pre-emptive Strike



This is from the far the BBC has refrained from being drawn in….

2014 on track to be one of the wettest years on record

Unusually rainy November and December could make 2014 the wettest year since records began


The Telegraph is quoting the Met. Office and that old fraud Bob Ward (who isn’t a scientist) who tells us…..

Mr Ward said the trend for wetter weather was being caused by climate change.

“The very wet and warm year we are experiencing is part of a pattern, with the seven warmest years and four of the five wettest years on record so far have all occurred from 2000 onwards. Climate change means the UK is now about one degree warmer on average than in 1970, and the warmer atmosphere holds more water, leading to heavier rainfall,” he said.


However even the Met. Office says…

“As we head into December there are signs that rainfall amounts should become nearer normal.”



But what do the numbers say? Do they, as Bob Ward claims indicate one of the wettest years ever?  Do they indicate a trend towards wetter weather?

No. of course not.  You didn’t believe the paid up peddler of climate propaganda did you?

In the years 2000-2014 in England and Wales the wettest year was 2012 with 1244.4 mm.

That’ll be less than 1768 then, with 1247.3 mm…

or 1879 with 1284.9 mm.


The trend is definitely there then.


But surely 2014 is heading to be the second wettest on record….

Well so far there has been 900.1 mm…..and with December looking to be average, and even if it wasn’t, the rain would have to be totally extraordinary to be above the levels seen in the years quoted above.

Even if you add in Scotland and Northern Ireland there is no trend towards wetter weather…and you have to take into account records there only start in 1931 not 1766 as in England and Wales….

The wettest year in Scotland since 2000 being 2011 with 1668.2 mm…but 1990 had 1720.4 mm, 1954 had 1675.7 mm and 1948 had 1669.9 mm.

In NI in 2002 there was 1193.6 mm, but 1958 had 1197.1 mm, 1954 had 1315 mm and 1950 had 1238.2 mm.


That trend for wetter weather is shaping up nicely…but only in the mind of climate fraud Bob Ward.

Shame the newspapers, and all too often Roger Harrabin, give him any credence at all.




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The BBC Going Walkabout And Stepping On Toes


We have looked at the BBC’s ever growing commercial empire and massive influence in the media world that distorts the market for the genuinely commercial operators who haven’t got a tax payer funded safety net to cushion them in bad times and which allows the BBC to experiment and fail without penalty.

The Guardian is complaining bitterly about the BBC moving in on its territory in Australia…it shouldn’t worry if the BBC’s top Oz reporter is Jon Donnison…he’ll only be reporting on Gaza.

Guardian boss: BBC distorting news market in Australia, Google must face ‘editorial responsibilities’

Guardian Media Group chief executive Andrew Miller has attacked the BBC for following his company by expanding into Australia.

The Guardian launched an Australia-facing website eighteen months ago funded with a loan from businessman Graeme Wood. Mail Online launched in Australia earlier this year.

Earlier this month the BBC’s commercial wing, BBC World, said it was launching a dedicated Australian news service on in response to the new launches.

Miller said: “The BBC claims this expansion is because it believes giving Australians what they value is a core part of its mission. I would respectfully disagree.

“The Guardian is one of a relatively small number of commercial British news organisations that is building on its existing base of Australian readers.

“We are investing significant resources in high-quality journalism that connects the views of Australians to global debates on a wide range of important issues from climate change to immigration.

“Contrary to the BBC’s assertions, this is a space that, both editorially and commercially, the Guardian very much shares with the BBC’s commercial activities.

“Australia is already a diverse and highly-competitive market. As such, the BBC’s expansion into Australia goes beyond its public service remit. More than that, it does not benefit UK licence fee payers or meet the requirement of the BBC to provide news in parts of the world where there are limited alternatives.

“It threatens a distortion that is not in the interests of audiences or other UK news providers.”


The BBC says:

 “The BBC’s commercial operations overseas are not funded by the licence fee and we are happy to compete on an equal footing with all other news providers.


But that’s not really true as much of the material broadcast, if not all,  comes from the BBC, such    as Top Gear and CeeBeebies, and BBC World benefits massively from the authority, credibility      and reputation of the BBC as a whole….and it ‘looks to grow the BBC brand.’

It is owned by the BBC….

BBC Worldwide Limited is the main commercial arm and a wholly owned subsidiary of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). BBC Worldwide exists to support the BBC public service mission and to maximise profits on its behalf.


And ironically, and pobably impossibly, committed by the Charter to:

Comply with the BBC’s Fair Trading Guidelines and avoid distorting the market.




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Panorama Vs Rupert Murdoch


I don’t know the truth about this but it wouldn’t be the first time the BBC’s Panorama programme has cobbled together some very dodgy ‘evidence’ related to Murdoch and his businesses and using very suspect sources to beef up their story……

Sun reporter Mazher Mahmood has accused the BBC of giving “deeply misleading reasons” for postponing the broadcast if its Panorama Investigation Fake Sheikh: Exposed.

Mahmood failed last week in a bid to stop publication of recent images of himself (which he said would undermine his safety).

But last night the BBC pulled the programme less than hour before broadcast because it said it had received new information from Mahmood’s lawyers.

Mahmood said today that this new information was made available last week.

He also questioned the reliability of the testimony which he said the programme was based on.

Mahmood said in a statement: “The BBC Panorama programme ‘Fake Sheikh – Exposed’ has now been postponed twice. The reasons given by the BBC last night are deeply misleading and I am forced into making a statement to correct the impression they have given.

“The BBC approached me on 15th October and made a number of allegations against me relating to my career as an investigative journalist. As a result I instructed lawyers and they have provided detailed rebuttals and evidence showing that the allegations are unsustainable and wrong.

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Aqil Airhead



Must be something in the air…Is The BBC Biased notes that Muslim Aaqil Ahmed, in charge of the BBC’s religious programming, has decided to broaden the appeal of Songs of Praise and spread the joy around, broadcasting from many places of worship and denomination…but definitely will not be heading Mosqueward…until of course we hear of a lovely, joyous coming together of Christians and Muslims, evidence of the tolerance, mutual respect and friendship that exists between the two religions…and proof of that is that Christians are graciously allowed to visit a mosque…from which the BBC will broadcast the propaganda.


Noggin in the comments has coincidentally linked to the same fellow in a story from last year that will confirm much of what we have heard about the good Aaqil, his professional qualifications and his leanings.

Questions raised about the running of the BBC’s religious affairs department

These are trying times for Aaqil Ahmed, head of religion and ethics at the BBC.

As we revealed in the last Eye, some of his department’s commissions for Songs of Praise are now being scrutinised by the Beeb’s investigation unit, which has been told by Lord Patten that “if on investigation there is any suggestion that a criminal offence has been committed, the matter should be referred to the police.” Ahmed’s reaction to the story was to announce that he is launching a “witch hunt” (sic) to find our source.

Meanwhile, he has another hefty headache. The Ottomans, a three-part series in which Rageh Omar wanders through the lands of the former Ottoman Empire, is beset by problems and falling even further behind schedule. Although 18 weeks had been allotted for editing all three one-hour programmes, the first two have already taken 30 weeks, including delays for an expensive re-shoot in the Middle East. The main problem is Ahmed’s ignorance arrogance, which have resulted in hours wasted trying to persuade the contributors to give interviews backing his eccentric interpretations of religious history. At the last count he even omitted reference to the Crimean War.

As is his custom, Ahmed assigned the production not to experts in his department but to an old freelance chum, Faris Kermani, who made many programmes about Islam for C4 when Ahmed was head of religion at the channel and later followed him to the BBC to make The Life of Muhammad. The justification for engaging Kermani was that he could gain exclusive access to middle-eastern locations and contacts that were somehow out of the reach of the BBC. In the end, however, this was handled by department staff using a local fixer in the usual way.

As costs spiral out of control, the job of rescuing the production has gone back in-house, too, with the department’s main development executive – helped by a producer on attachment from BBC Bristol – striving to bring some order and intellectual rigour to the chaos.


Also good to hear a Labour MP this morning remind us, on the savage murder of Peter Kassig by ISIS, that Islam is a fine and peaceful religion.


I  note with interest the BBC insists on calling Peter Kassig by the Muslim name he chose to use under duress in an attempt to save his own life under threat from his Muslim captors….

US hostage Abdul-Rahman Kassig ‘killed by IS’

A video posted online claims to show that Islamic State militants have killed the captured US aid worker Abdul-Rahman Kassig.


Apparently this is ‘A photograph of Abdul-Rahman with his father, Ed, fishing on the Ohio River in Indiana in 2011’…no, no it’s not.  It’s a photo of Peter Kassig.

Peter Kassig fishing with his father, Ed Kassig, near the Cannelton Dam on the Ohio River in Indiana - 2011




And that’s despite his captors giving him his real name in the video of his death…..

“This is Peter Edward Kassig, a U.S. citizen, of your country”



The Telegraph has the right idea…

Peter Kassig’s family call for restraint after beheading video




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Fatboy Slim


A little earlier listening to 5Live I was urged to keep listening as I would be treated to an investigation into the hidden child hunger epidemic sweeping the land.

Who knew?

It must have been very well hidden as I have always been led to believe that the problem was one of an epidemic of child obesity….sweeping the land….from the Telegraph…

Schoolchildren refused second helpings at lunch in obesity crackdown

Schoolchildren are being refused second helpings at lunchtime, it has emerged, as councils launch a crackdown on child obesity.

Education chiefs in parts of Wales have stopped kitchen staff giving out an extra portion to teach children sensible eating habits.

Some local authorities are also preventing pupils from having extra puddings because of their high sugar content.

Cardiff Council has started giving children slices of dry bread if they are still hungry after lunch.

It comes as figures showed children as young as 14 are undergoing obesity surgery on the NHS.



From the BBC:

Rise in child obesity-related hospital admissions

The UK has the highest rate of child obesity in Western Europe, which is estimated to cost the NHS about £4.2bn a year.


The paradox is of course that we are told that ‘poverty’ is the cause of the hunger epidemic, and ‘poverty’ is the cause of the obesity epidemic….and the very same class of children, the poor, are victims of both these epidemics.

Poverty driven by government policies on welfare of course.


Guess there must be an election coming.

The BBC had better be careful, if they keep churning out these scare stories, as they have been doing daily, they’ll run out before the election and will have to start looking for real news stories instead of feeding us press releases from charities, NGO’s, think tanks and the Labour Party.

As there are nearly 200,000 charities in the UK I am guessing the BBC thinks that won’t happen.


Was it Friday on the Today programme that I heard McDonalds was responsible for the breakdown of society, its cohesion and communal life?

Don’t know about fat kids, but certainly a lot of fatheads around.




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FIFA, Ho Hum, I Smell The Blood Of An Englishman


The BBC’s coverage of the FIFA world cup scandal has been woeful.

FIFA released a report that exonerated Russia and Qatar from accusations of corruption in the bidding process for the World Cup…however England and Australia were singled out for special attention.

The BBC failed completely to question FIFA’s decision and concentrated almost solely on England’s claimed abuses.

Now that might seem extraordinary considering the background to the story and the well known and substantial claims of corruption against Russia and Qatar.

TalkSport told us that the report was a farce, a disgrace and a whitewash….that Russia had managed to ‘lose’ all the data on its computers relating to the bid and that no emails or phone records were examined by FIFA.

In contrast the BBC took the report at face value.  Listening to their news bulletins it was all England, even their specialist sports reporters on 5Live, the ‘home of football’ apparently, failed to question the claims.

We had Peter Allen telling us England’s behaviour was ‘shocking news’ and he emphatically declared that ‘this was an independent inquiry’.

An ‘independent inquiry’?  This was FIFA investigating FIFA and finding itself not guilty and conveniently, the two countries who are going to hold World Cups are also innnocent, and therefore the bidding process won’t have to be reopened.

Very convenient.

However that all changed at 12:10 when the man who investigated the bids, Michael Garcia, but who didn’t provide the conclusions released to the world by FIFA, stated that the FIFA report “contains numerous materially incomplete and erroneous representations”.

The BBC tells us thatGarcia’s statement, issued less than four hours after the report was published, has reopened the debate about the validity of the bidding process for both the 2018 and 2022 competitions.


‘Reopened the debate’?  Well, no it didn’t, or rather everyone else was already asking serious questions about the credibility of the report….everyone except the BBC.


Once again the BBC fails to do any work for itself and relies on press releases by organisations that can’t be trusted….and adds insult to injury by taking a distinct pleasure in laying into the England bid operation whose Chief Operating Officer, Simon Johnson, on the BBC, told us that it was ‘sad that the headlines are all about England.‘…when the real story is elsewhere…..the story “shouldn’t be about the conduct of England’s bid, it should be about the pre-ordained exoneration of Qatar… and this smells of a politically motivated whitewash”


Perhaps the below might explain the BBC’s haste to condemn the England bid, trying to excuse and justify their own actions in order to claim that the bid’s failure had nothing to do with their  badly timed stunt …from the Daily Mail 2010….


The BBC and other media organisations were last night blamed for England losing the bid.

The Sunday Times and BBC1’s flagship current affairs programme Panorama recently produced investigations into the controversial dealings of Fifa’s tight-knit executive committee.

Some within the England campaign had claimed the increased scrutiny of such a secretive body could harm the bid.

Japan’s Junji Ogura, understood to be the only non-English Fifa member who voted for the English bid, said: ‘England was eliminated in the first round, and they were maybe affected by the BBC and The Sunday Times’s reporting.

‘England has full facilities and they could hold the World Cup any time. I think England’s media reporting affected Fifa executive committee members.’





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