Thursday, 23 July 2015

# 358 - WAR - Lords Communications Committee.

I do despair that the BBC is extremely unlikely to change so long as the 'Establishment' are involved who clearly lack the inclination or will power to make the radical changes necessary.

Here for example are the members of the Lords Communications Committee:-

Lord Best (Chairman) Crossbench
Earl of Arran Conservative
Baroness Benjamin Liberal Democrat
Baroness Bonham-Carter of Yarnbury Liberal Democrat
Bishop of Chelmsford Bishops
Lord Dobbs Conservative
Baroness Hanham Conservative
Lord Hart of Chilton Labour
Baroness Healy of Primrose Hill Labour
Baroness Jay of Paddington Labour
Baroness Kidron Crossbench
Baroness Scotland of Asthal Labour
Lord Sherbourne of Didsbury Conservative

First do the maths - there are 4 Conservatives to 9 others and here are few details for some of the others:-

Floella Benjamin - former BBC Play School presenter.
Michael Dobbs - House of Cards author.
Lady Bonham -Carter - Broadcast journalist and whose daughter works for the BBC on Newsnight.
Lady Kidron - Greenham peace camp expert whose father was a Marxist economist.

This committee is more biased than the BBC!!!!

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

# 357 - WAR - Question :- When is a reporter 'vexatious'?

Answer:- When the BBC says so especially when the reporter is a MoS investigative journalist asking , through FoI requests, about Lord Hall's expenses.

So let's be clear what 'vexatious' means - 'annoying, frustrating or worrying' well I guess it might be to the BBC who like most large bureaucratic organisations, don't like the spotlight shining into too many corners which reveal the way they run their empire.

The MoS won and the Information Commissioner ordered that the information be released - so watch this space for what is revealed.

Don't forget other FoI requests in the past revealed:-

In 2007 that Terry Wogan was paid £10,000 to front Children in Need and the ONLY one to receive payment. Also that Alan Yentob received £27,000 in expenses over three years.

In 2009 that the BBC spend £3million on art for their new HQ.

And in April this year it was revealed that £50,000 was spent on renting out rooms because it ran out of space in its new HQ which was opened in 2013 at the cost of £1billion!

This example, of an out of control BBC, fits in well with what George Osborne said on Sunday, on the Andrew Marr show, that the BBC operates in an 'Imperial' way to the detriment of local democracy as their ever expanding website is one of the main causes for the closure of some 200 local papers.

The BBC must be CUT down to a size that means it concentrates on making good programmes and to me, just for starters, that means cutting every local radio station in the country and leaving that area to local commercial stations.  

Saturday, 4 July 2015

# 356 - WAR - BBC cuts 1,000 jobs.

This is caused by a drop in revenue of £150million as more people watch their TV on there is food for thought!!

The cuts are aimed at reducing the management layers from 10 to seven - that must be the joke of the century!!!!

 However the BBC still employ 18,000 people and spend under half their budget on programming so they still don't really get it.

The BBC is sick and needs to be put down! 

# 355 - WAR - Rod Liddle knows the BBC is bias.

Rod Liddle -  As the former editor of Radio 4's Today programme he should know a thing or two about the BBC. Here is part of his Wiki entry:-

While working for Today, Liddle also wrote a column for the Guardian. On 25 September 2002, referring to a march organised by the Countryside Alliance in defence of fox hunting, Liddle wrote that readers may have forgotten why they voted Labour in 1997, but would remember once they saw the people campaigning to save hunting. His column led The Daily Telegraph to accuse Liddle of bias and of endangering democracy.The BBC concluded that Liddle's comments breached his commitment to impartiality as a BBC programme editor, and gave him an ultimatum to stop writing his column or resign from his position on Today. He resigned on 30 September 2002. He said later that when he was editor he was ordered by BBC management to sack Frederick Forsyth from the show, and speculated that it was because of Forsyth's right wing political views.The BBC replied that the decision was made for editorial reasons.While the staff on Today found Liddle an "inspired editor", the rest of the BBC believed he was "a stroppy, trouble-making loose cannon".

Last week in the Spectator he said this :-

"The corporation's coverage of the asylum seekers floating around the Med has been unashamedly biased in favour of the policy of diverting as much manpower and money as possible to rescuing them, regardless of the wider consequences. It was biased and almost hilariously gullible about the Arab Spring uprisings which have brought so much more democracy and freedom to the world , inshallah. it is biased in its news reports of eastern European people coming here for work, regardless again of the consequences for indigenous people. it treats with hostility and contempt any individual or organisation who might dare to suggest that diversity is anything other than a bloody good thing. Its attacks on Ukip during the election - no other party warranted such treatment, remember- were an utter disgrace and, I would suggest, in breach of its charter. There was not even a genuflection towards even-handedness. The line was simple;these bastards are racist, and we're going to nail them."

What more can I say other than I agree!