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2nd January 2011
Why no mention of the BBC’s 40% by The Guardian?
If you were a Guardian journalist writing on this news coverage comparison story and chart, wouldn’t you have thought there was something more noteworthy than that Sky’s ‘Murdoch media to control over a fifth of UK news consumption’?
For instance, the small matter that the BBC has currently almost 40% of news consumption?
Well? Wouldn’t you?
The so-called guardian of press impartiality and the so-called public-supported broadcaster of impartiality don’t seem to reckon that fact is at all noteworthy. This article is one of the worst I can recall for spinning. And I can recall a lot of Guardian spinning. (This site counters Guardian spinning against Israel/Jews)
Before I continue, can I say that like 4 in 10 of us I look, or more often listen, to the BBC for my news coverage. I wake up to ‘Today’ on Radio 4 and I am quite a fan of the World Service on R4 from 1:00am. I am even quite impressed by many of the BBC news broadcasters though some fill me with a certain feeling that they have an agenda. For that reason, where the agenda is clear, I no longer watch or listen to Question Time or Any Questions. I find their panel members mind-numbingly blank, uninteresting, often dull intellectually and certainly not representative of many of my own thoughts on current affairs. The same usually applies to their average mix of audience. There seems little balance in their determined pc-ness.
And I certainly saw nothing on these news coverage numbers at the BBC News 24 hour website. They tend to fill their rolling news site with repetition of the same few news stories, seldom updating the screen r-e-e-l f-o-r s-l-o-w r-e-a-d-e-r-s across the bottom. Like Sky News they start the day with several stories and generally regurgitate them all day, as though nothing new has happened. The BBC seldom mentions anything detrimental to the BBC itself or even detrimental to the very left-leaning Guardian.
ASIDE: I have never seen such television coverage for a murder story as there has been over the last two weeks or more on the tragic fate of the young woman who was found strangled on Christmas Day. To be fair Sky News has been just as repetitive on this. The media and those who write on the internet have been warned about this chatter and hearsay, by Dominic Grieve, the Attorney General.
(listen to Mr Grieve on World at One reference the Contempt of Court Act.)
I know I’m moving off the main point of this post, but did it not strike you as odd that the broadcasters all dwelt on the hunt for Joanna Yeates and her killer(s) in a way which seemed out of all proportion to its newsworthiness? Almost to the point of building it into a larger story than just another murder? Almost to the point of filling their slots so that they wouldn’t have to look at other items in any depth?
No? Not odd? Must be just me, then.
And tonight the much publicised suspect in the Yeates case has been released on police bail.
IS ALL NEWS REALLY ‘LOCAL’?
Perhaps I am unusual in thinking there must have been more than one newsworthy murder in the last week or so.
Perhaps I am being unfair to suggest that there is a “let’s keep Little Britain’s eyes on the domestic” approach, so we don’t burn our fingers (again) internationally.
Perhaps I am also unusual in being more concerned about international issues which impact on us than on dwelling on the mystery surrounding an unfortunate young landscape architect’s death.
But it seems that the Beeb has decided that even in this global world all news is local.
I do realise that being a journalist abroad can be very dangerous. I have great respect and a high regard for most journalists, especially those who report and do not opine. Old-fashioned, aren’t I?
But I can no longer force myself to read much in The Guardian, especially since their Comment Is (NOT) Free articles have banned me from contributing there. (Don’t ask me why! I suppose they don’t like my alias, or the fact that I think some Jews are OK!) Therefore I am in no position to say how much coverage the Guardian gave the Yeates murder story.
From the BBC we might have expected more on its main slots and on its main text pages on for instance, issues surrounding Turkey and its ambition to join the EU, given their attitude to the IHH and Palestinian issues and their relationship with Iran.
Is the Israeli/Palestinian issue really of no interest to our news broadcasters? There is seldom any in-depth reporting from all sides in this conflict, or at least little from the Israeli side. There is reportedly another Gaza-bound ship – this time full of women on its way and so far we haven’t even heard about that from our broadcasters, including a look at the reasons given that mostly women are on board. We did hear about the guilty verdict on Israel’s rapist former president, which confirms that there is justice in Israel under the law.
But what about an in-depth look at the repercussions for Britain of the guilty verdict on Mikhail Khodorkovsky in Russia especially following the Wikileak on the Mafia state of Russia and the likelihood that Putin wishes to stand for the presidency again? And of course Russia is attempting to muscle in as some kind of ‘honest broker’ in the stalled Middle East peace process. Perhaps these matters should be mentioned if not debated at length on our news programmes. These matters do or will concern all of us, given Russia’s relationship to Iran (the latter country having just declared that it will “definitely” put on trial its opposition leaders!)
Russian Federal Drug Control Service chief Viktor Ivanov says Moscow highly values Iran as an independent country and regional backbone. […] Salehi added that Iran’s international and regional standing is quite clear and over the past 32 years the country has proved it can resist pressure through reliance on God and the Iranian nation’s resilience.
Back to the Attorney General. Mr Grieve is right to raise the issue of too much press coverage and angled, clever-dick, look what I’VE found commentary on sub-judices cases. But he may be talking after the horse has bolted, or after the internet has spoken. He will be bearing in mind such contempt of court issues when he decides on whether to call for an inquest into the death of David Kelly. After all we ALL KNOW, don’t we (?) that those who call for this inquest also wish to see Tony Blair in court for some crime or other; their other agenda. We know too that conspiracies and mind-bending on anything around the name of Blair has been well planted, fed and nurtured over the last several years. There is no putting that particular genie back in the bottle. Mr Grieve will be aware of this.
At the Guardian’s ‘news coverage’ story there was no headline message about the BBC’s ALMOST 40% news story control. In fact no mention of the blessed BBC in the article at all. It was as though it doesn’t exist, is immaterial to the story or is otherwise untouchable, though 4 out of 10 of us get our news from the Beeb, daily. Astounding.
H/t to Guido Fawkes, as below at If you want media plurality break up the BBC
The Guardianista campaign against Murdoch, Coulson and all their works is spearheaded by Dan Sabbagh, a former Labour councillor and campaign manager for Oona King, who now covers media and technology for the Guardian. He produced a chart yesterday based on industry data showing that the Sky/News Corp. group controls 22% of our news consumption.
This is a threat to something called “media plurality”. This is, we are told by Dan Sabbagh and all their less successful media rivals, a bad thing. Look down that list and you’ll notice that the BBC controls 39.3% of our news consumption.
The BBC must therefore be an even worse threat to “media plurality”, particularly when one considers that it is protected from fair competition by a state subsidy via taxation. Somehow this doesn’t worry the Guardian, which is hardly surprising because BBC News often feels like the broadcast arm of that paper. When one considers that the BBC overwhelmingly recruits from its pages the Guardian-BBC axis is abundantly clear.
The monolithic BBC is too big and the news weltanschauung is only one of many inherent problems. The Beeb’s size is a result of the massive over-funding that we’re forced to provide for it, it is as if we had to pay a state detergent manufacturer a tax on owning a washing machine.
One example problem out of many is that the BBC undermines regional competitors, we would have a thriving local commercial TV/radio culture if the BBC didn’t crowd out competitors and make them unfeasible – it is hard to compete with a business that doesn’t have to make a commercial return.
The BBC should not have a monopoly on public service broadcasting – if the licence fee has to continue funding public service broadcasting it should be distributed to other providers besides the BBC.
The decentralisation of our broadcasting culture would really create a more plural media.
The Guardian just can’t get the staff these days. Somehow or other their honest journos managed to miss the REAL headline in the story of this chart on news consumption of the media. The spinning of the story in favour of the BBC is so blatant, you’d almost conclude that the Guardian and the BBC are stablemates. As if? Eh?
Also from Guido – Public backs kettling and water cannon for students
- And here is today’s news … BBC’s state-of-the-art building (guardian.co.uk)
- Report: Rupert Murdoch “Brushed Off” In Effort To Bring “Fox-Style” Channel To Britain (mediaite.com)
- Guardian: Cuts will see World Service merged with BBC News, says Thompson (blogs.journalism.co.uk)
- BBC journalist Brian Hanrahan dies (independent.co.uk)
- UK needs channel like Fox News, says BBC chief (newstatesman.com)
- Guardian writer wins FPA award for Iranian protest coverage (newstatesman.com)
- BBC News controller answers critics of pagan festival coverage (blogs.journalism.co.uk)
- Most newspapers ignore the BBC’s 16% funding cut (guardian.co.uk)
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