Shooting the Messenger

BY DAVID SEDGWICK It wasn’t that long ago – five years – when in his role as anchor for BBC2’s Newsnight programme, Jeremy Paxman became very sniffy with a certain studio guest named Tommy Robinson. “You are seriously suggesting that young white girls are being sexually exploited by what you say are gangs of Muslim men? Is that what you are suggesting? Seriously?” “Yes,” replied … Continue reading Shooting the Messenger

Let’s Have a Referendum on the BBC

BY JAMES TOWNLEY Since the British Broadcasting Corporation came into existence on the first of January 1927, it has attempted to remain market-free by defending its necessity for impartiality. Its first General Manager John Reith, a Scottish Calvinist, succeeded in building a high wall against the US-style, free-for-all broadcasting model in which the name of the game was to attract the largest audiences and thereby … Continue reading Let’s Have a Referendum on the BBC

A-Grade BBC Hypocrisy

BY ALEXIA JAMES The fit and proper person test is being applied right now as part of an open consultation by media regulator Ofcom into Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox’s proposed £11.7bn takeover of Sky. Ofcom have heard claims of alleged sexual harassment by former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly, amid pressure to derail the multi-billion-pound deal. Lawyer Lisa Bloom travelled to London with Dr … Continue reading A-Grade BBC Hypocrisy

The Blitz Spirit and the Media

BY MATTHEW CORRIGAN A few years ago I researched a Luftwaffe bomber that was brought down over Cheshire. Unpicking the story was fascinating. I had to delve into RAF archives and intelligence records with ‘SECRET’ stamped in the corner; I was lucky enough to find people still able to remember the event. The tale unfolded gradually, a complex but rewarding process of checking and cross-checking … Continue reading The Blitz Spirit and the Media

Snow – Flake or Provocateur?

BY MATTHEW CORRIGAN ‘An inquiry into this period in Britain’s shameful history.’ And so Jon Snow began the Channel 4 News lead story on the evening of Monday 27th February. Keme Nzerem’s report on the abuse of children shipped throughout the Commonwealth under the Child Migrant Programme was indeed harrowing. Though uncomfortable to watch, the reporter deserves credit for sensitively handling a difficult subject. But … Continue reading Snow – Flake or Provocateur?

Stealth Blasphemy UK

BY SAM WHITE As discussed here on this magazine a few days ago, the BBC Asian Network went a little off kilter last week. In case you missed it, they sent out a cheerful message in which presenter Shazia Awan, who just arrived from the Middle Ages, vacuously requested listeners to call in with their views on the appropriate punishment for blasphemy. The corporation had to … Continue reading Stealth Blasphemy UK