The BBC's Charter and its Producers Guidelines state:
...'Due impartiality lies at the heart of the BBC. All programs and services should be open minded, fair and show a respect for truth? [BBC reports should] contain comprehensive, authoritative and impartial coverage of news and current affairs in the United Kingdom and throughout the world??
This is a more general problem than just the BBC but they are also part of the problem.
There will continue to be sectarian hatred in Northern Ireland as long as the two groups are allowed to indoctrinate their children from the age of five. There should be NO sectarian schools and the teaching of political hatred in the guise of religion should be prevented.
Nobody is prepared to say this out loud in any of the media (BBC included) or in parliament, yet it is obvious to anyone who isn't on one side or the other.
The sort of casual comments used by the two sides are: 1) Referring to Queen Elizabeth I as "Bad Queen Bess"; and 1) Referring to reverence for the Virgin Mary as "idolatry and worshipping statues".
I am an atheist, so everything that goes on inside churches and chapels is meaningless to me, but I CAN see that such brainwashing of children in schools paid for by my taxes is not designed to lower tension between the sects, quite the opposite.
At present, the BBC is only answerable to itself in deciding its standards and coverage. How does it measure up to what you consider good quality, and impartial and unbiased reporting as required by its charter? All TV viewers in the UK are forced by law to pay for this 'service'. Do you believe that what is received truly 'serves' the society, - or merely increases the problems within it?
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