From Guido Fawkes
‘The days of Big Media’s gatekeepers deciding what is news and what is not news, are long gone. We decide tomorrow’s news…
And so it turned out, as the “Guardian of Beeb“ story not only made the Sun but was also the subject of blogs by Dan Hannan at the Telegraph and Roy Greenslade over at the Guardian themselves. Greenslade asked “Why is that so surprising?” It wasn’t to Guido.
Greenslade was on the money when he wrote
“There are so many similarities between the BBC and the Guardian aside from assumptions about politics. Both organisations are free of commercial ownership, with the corporation funded by licence and the paper owned by a trust.”
Which isn’t an unbridled good. It imbues both with an anti-profit ethos bordering on anti-business as well as anti-capitalist. The shared mindset of the two organisations is most clearly visible in their coverage of America and Israel. The Republican party is extremist because they don’t subscribe to left-wing nostrums and Israel is the primary cause of trouble in the Middle-East. These are axiomatic truths for the Guardian-BBC axis of “progressiveness”…’
The BBC has survived for a long time shrugging off numerous attacks and complaints, relying on its historic reputation for fairness, balance, truth and accuracy to maintain its position and the support of politicans and others well placed, and inclined, to shield it from destruction.
That reputation is jealously guarded, the BBC willing to fight through every court in the land and at huge cost to hide wrong doing by its journalists. It has become a massive operation, one of the most powerful and influential media machines in the world. It has given itself a wide remit and there is not an area of the media in which it does not have a major presence. Despite being a publicly funded and supposedly independent organisation it also has the enormously successful BBC Worldwide which generates a revenue of over £1.5 billion…..
‘BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC, a fast-growing media and entertainment company designed to maximize BBC profits by creating, acquiring and developing media content and media brands around the world. It has annual revenue of approximately $1.5 billion.’
It is a monolithic and overpowering presence in the media world, able to crush competitors at will…not only able to but willing to use that power….in conjunction with the Labour Party and the Guardian it of course launched an assault on Rupert Murdoch’s own media empire, News International…the BBC’s commercial and ideological rival or opponent.
Its web presence essentially puts out of business many other news providers who rely on advertising for their revenues, its local radio and popular culture stations such as Radio 1 and 2 all compete against commercial stations who of course are at an enormous disadvantage in not having the ability to force people to pay for their services whether they use them or not.
It publishes a large number of magazines, again massively distorting the market, it provides educational services to schools and the Open University, it of course provides services to climate change propagandists and works in conjunction with them…as at the CMEB….and the University of East Anglia.
The BBC is an ever growing monstrous presence that has far outgrown its basic remit to entertain, educate and inform. It uses its size and power to influence Party politics, it manipulates the news and what appears as ‘stories’ so that the Public are given versions of those stories that are designed to influence their thinking and change their perceptions rather than allowing them to make up their own minds.
The BBC has become something that is at complete odds with everything it was set up to defend…democracy, liberty, freedom of thought and speech, an exposition of truth, accuracy and honest reporting.
It is too big, too corrupt politically, too arrogant and too unaccountable.
It is no longer fit for purpose.
It is time for a change. A renewed ethos, a renewed thirst for truth, integrity and genuine journalism, a renewed urge not to be the biggest and best but just to be the best.
If a man named George Entwistle can’t get back to basics who can?