Laughed a lot when Victoria Derbyshire tore a strip off the Police for running an internal review of their own behaviour because as we know the BBC is well versed in the ins and outs of that old trick itself.
Always worth a reminder of all those reviews by the BBC into its own impartiality…what could go wrong?
Ensuring the impartiality of the BBC is a key priority for the Trust; it is essential to its independence that the BBC retains the public’s trust as an impartial purveyor of news and programming.
The BBC is required to deliver duly impartial news by the Royal Charter and Agreement and to treat controversial subjects with due impartiality. The Trust is committed to making sure that the BBC fulfils this obligation. One of the ways the Trust does so, is by commissioning reviews of specific subject areas.
Here is the Trust’s Work Plan.…. The main purpose of the work plan is to provide an overview of our work in the coming year for licence fee payers and the wider media industry. It also identifies the views of our Audience Councils.
This summer the BBC Trust will publish its latest review into BBC impartiality, concentrating especially on immigration, religion and Europe:
Trust sets out planned approach for review of BBC’s “breadth of opinion”
The Trust has today published the terms of reference and planned approach for its impartiality review of the BBC’s breadth of opinion.
Breadth of opinion means reflecting a range of voices and viewpoints in BBC output and the BBC has a unique commitment to it included in its Editorial Guidelines.
The review, which will be led by former broadcasting executive Stuart Prebble, will focus on the BBC’s news, current affairs and factual output.
The content analysis will include an analysis of the BBC’s coverage of immigration, religion and the EU, by comparing some coverage from 2007 with coverage from 2012/13.
Nothing about Israel? Oh yes they did that in the Balen Report already….what ever happened to that?
Shouldn’t hold out too much hope of anything groundbreaking…this is the Guardian’s take on the BBC:
On Europe, for instance, the BBC has been found to be more negative and critical of the EU than the German media. On the European constitution, this finding held, even when reporters were relatively more Europhile. A study of BBC online coverage of immigration found that it “invites a reading that might, most positively, be described as unease” in relation to immigration.
There seems to be some suggestion that the review of the BBC may also examine religion in general, and Islamophobia in particular. No shortage of material there. A variety of academic studies has examined how the BBC and other media have covered Islam, especially since September 2001. One found that “the framing of Islam as a security threat can be inferred from the very large numbers of news items in which Muslim political and military or paramilitary actors have been shown in postures of hostility towards aspects of [western] societies”.
Not a lot of support in these studies for the contention in a Daily Mail leader column last week that the BBC “consistently attacks Christianity (though never Islam)”.
Of course that came from an academic…David Miller is professor of sociology at the University of Bath and a director of Spinwatch
An academic, a professor of sociology, a director of Spinwatch…..impartial? …Left wing, anti-Iraq War, pro extremist Islam…very popular on Muslim media outlets, received research grants from the EU.
Something to watch out for anyway.