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??
Will Self's walk round the Large Hadron Collider (Radio 4 13:45 Mon 5th - Fri 9th inclusive) at CERN is the nadir of the 15 minutes inserts between real programmes so far. He seems to have approached this task with the specific intention of deriding CARN and its employees. Clearly the CERN employees are demoralised by his attitude to them, and his apparently deliberate lack of understanding. I realise that this programme has been carefully been constructed to deride particle physics, but the scripts also demean Will Self - he comes across as believing that it is clever to be ignorant; he claims in response to every statement by anyone on the CERN staff that he does not understand a word of what they are saying, and seems to be proud of it.
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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