Monday, June 18, 2007

The BBC takes step one on the road to recovery, or not

The BBC commissioned a report of its news content, which found both that the Beeb is fair and impartial and that it has (a) shilled for specific causes and (b) has a biased newsroom.

The report concludes BBC staff must be more willing to challenge their own beliefs.

It reads: “There is a tendency to 'group think’ with too many staff inhabiting a shared space and comfort zone.”

A staff impartiality seminar held last year is also documented in the report, at which executives admitted they would broadcast images of the Bible being thrown away but not the Koran, in case Muslims were offended.

During the seminar a senior BBC reporter criticised the corporation for being anti-American.

I can't square the conclusions either. If the newsroom is characterized by group think, how can it possibly be unbiased?

This article is more critical of the Beeb than the Telegraph one linked in the title.

Hat tip.

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