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The BBC: A National Liability?

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Of all the national institutions that have had a role in the COVID pandemic the BBC deserves special mention.  According to its Charter the BBC should offer a range and depth of analysis and content not widely available from other United  Kingdom news providers, using the highest calibre presenters and journalists.  Yet every day the BBC News has been sending out the same message: "no one understands the government guidance".  It is the role of the BBC to explain the government guidance.  It has failed miserably and it is ridiculous moaning about the lack of information that it should have been providing itself. The BBC was so disorganised that it gave more air time in England to the guidance for Scotland and Wales than that for England even though the Scots and Welsh have their own BBC

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Of all the national institutions that have had a role in the COVID pandemic the BBC deserves special mention.  According to its Charter the BBC should offer a range and depth of analysis and content not widely available from other United  Kingdom news providers, using the highest calibre presenters and journalists.  

Yet every day the BBC News has been sending out the same message: "no one understands the government guidance".  It is the role of the BBC to explain the government guidance.  It has failed miserably and it is ridiculous moaning about the lack of information that it should have been providing itself. The BBC was so disorganised that it gave more air time in England to the guidance for Scotland and Wales than that for England even though the Scots and Welsh have their own BBC channels.

At the beginning of the COVID outbreak the BBC was giving air time to people who said it was no worse than seasonal flu.  Their "highest calibre presenters and journalists" never bothered to read a few of the scientific and medical reports from China to find out whether this was the case.  Sadly only 2% of their "highest calibre" national presenters and journalists have a science qualification of any sort.

The ongoing coverage of the COVID outbreak was right to report the effect of the outbreak on the hospitality industry.  But to put some poor publican or restaurateur in the spotlight every single day was mawkish in the extreme.

All the BBC presenters are trained in "speech and drama" so used the daily bad news about COVID to wring out every ounce of pathos and despair from the situation.  They seemed to have no idea that one of the implied responsibilities of a National Broadcaster is to keep up the national morale rather than displaying their effete dramatic skills.

Even now, rather than covering the vaccination program as one of success and hope that might be rolled out as fast as possible, the BBC seems to be lurking, hoping for the chance to announce that it is a national failure in a few weeks time.

COVID shows that the BBC is a national liability, not a national asset.  It is actually a relief to go to Sky or ITV and hear some calm presenters.

Brexit has followed the same path as COVID.  We left the EU a year ago but from the coverage of the trade negotiations you could be forgiven for thinking that the Referendum was yet to happen.  After Brexit the BBC made no mention in their broadcast news of the Copenhagen Criteria for rejoining the EU.  These are so severe, demanding the acceptance of political and monetary union, that the country would have accepted that Brexit was truly over.  Having taken the attitude that Brexit was not really over they then proceeded to cover the transition period from the point of view of Remain campaigners.

During the trade negotiations the BBC actually had news broadcasts saying how the "British" were blocking progress and following up with the Irish Taoiseach saying how the British should change their approach if they want a deal.  

The BBC resolutely refused to mention the enormous trade and current account deficits between the UK and EU.  In other words they reported for day after day on trade negotiations without mentioning the UK-EU trade position.  Instead they searched for farmers and businessmen who export to the EU and prodded them to tell us how awful everything will be if the UK does not conclude a Free Trade Agreement.  The "high calibre" journalists could not even be bothered to report that tariffs were small for most items (around 12%) and very low for most UK exports to the EU except cars (cars at 10%).

The BBC is a national liability, not a national asset.  It prefers to work on behalf of foreign countries such as the EU rather than reporting the truth about trade.

When the "Black Lives Matter" protests began in the USA the BBC immediately elided US politics into UK politics.  They even ran radio programs declaring that white English people had a historical responsibility for slavery and should be reviled and made to apologise - like declaring Jews have a historical responsibility for the death of Christ.  This obvious racism, blaming an entire population 99% of whose ancestors had nothing to do with slavery for events two centuries ago, was entirely ignored by the DPP and Ofcom.

The joining of US and UK politics is due to the shared global newsroom at the BBC.  The BBC should be relieved of its global channels and the World Service should be transferred to the Foreign Office.  As an ardent traveller I have noticed that the BBC has ceased to be available in foreign hotels, probably because it is so woke it makes them sick, people overseas have different views from the BBC and broadcasting programs that foreigners find offensive is ridiculous.

The BBC was a national asset, providing calm, factual programs for people overseas but now it is a national liability because it is simply excluded.

22/12/2020

 

 













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