Today’s Guardian advises media types who to vote for.
Probably where your vote should end up if you work at the BBC (or derive substantial income from it as supplier), or C4.
Earlier this year we learned that the BBC was helping the Guardian produce its front-page scoops. An interesting series of tweets from yesterday shows that the licence payer is also subsidising technological advice to our national broadcaster’s favourite newspaper.
Here’s the head of all things digital and interactive at BBC Radio 5 Live, Brett Spencer:
A good morning spent hammering out our big interactive general election offering. Off now to do a bit of show and tell at the Guardian
The natural first port of call following a morning’s discussion of election coverage.
The Guardian’s Matt Hall was grateful for the BBC employee’s time:
Great presentation from @brettsr on #fivelive visualisation . He even came over to Guardian Towers to do it!
The editor of the Radio 4 blog Steve Bowbrick was there too:
Just grabbed a coffee with @bowbrick in the Guardian canteen. Talking blogs, governors, twitter & the like.
The Guardian’s head of audio Matthew Wells:
Great presentation about BBC 5 Live interactivity from @brettsr – Gdn can only afford a fraction of what they do, but will take inspiration.
A question from “medluv“:
@MatthewWells Did Guardian pay BBC industry rates for R5L presentation today?
The reply from Wells:
@medluv @brettsr no we didn’t pay. Equally my colleagues and I do similar talks at other organisations. It’s called collaboration
Are these licence fee funded presentations available to all newspapers, or just the BBC’s ideological soul mates?
In September, when US-based left-wing Guardian columnist Gary Younge popped up as a bona fide voice of the BBC on From Our Own Correspondent, I pointed out that he had recently described followers of the Tea Party movement as “(a)nnoying, bizarre, incoherent, divisive, intolerant, small-minded, misinformed, ill informed and disinformed…” In other words, just the sort of prejudice against the American right which finds favour at the Beeb. I noted also the irony of a Guardian/BBC journalist accusing others of living “in a politically parallel world where everyone they know believes the same as they do.”
We’re in the middle of a mini Obamafest at the moment as the BBC celebrates the first anniversary of The One’s inauguration. To balance the many pro-Obama films and programmes made by adoring fans, the Beeb has commissioned a couple of documentaries about Americans opposed to Obama. Amazingly, this project was given to someone with a sympathetic view of the subject matter.
I’m kidding, of course:
In this two-part documentary, author and journalist Gary Younge tells the story of the other side of the Obama phenomenon; the story of those who say that the Obama presidency is nothing but bad news. Younge asks who these people are who feel they have been marginalised by the Obama revolution. He also asks what they don’t like about him and what Obama could do, if anything, to win them over.
Younge spends 10 days travelling through rural Arkansas and Kentucky, talking to anti-tax protesters, fundamentalist Christians and libertarians, country club members and local dignitaries to find out how they view the last year under Obama and what their hopes and fears are for the coming year.
Here’s BBC security correspondent Frank Gardner on the Phil Williams show (Radio Five Live, 31/12/09) discussing the Guardian’s front page story about Iran’s involvement in the kidnap of Peter Moore and his bodyguards:
“They’ve spent a lot of time and money and given cameras to people going into places that are too dangerous for Western reporters to go to. To some extent we’ve worked with them in the last few weeks trying to stand up or down their claims, and they’ve allowed us to interview, or re-interview, some of the people who they’ve used as sources.”
Does the BBC provide weeks of journalistic assistance to all newspapers seeking to break major stories or is this licence fee funded service available only to the Guardian?
(Happy New Year to all, btw)