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??
After listening to the nonsense being talked by all of the panel about what the opposition have labelled "The Snooper's Charter" I was actually allowed to explain what exactly made the worst aspects of this non-policy impossible to do. This was basically:
On the topic of the interception of communications, a subject on which I was an expert prior to my retirement, nobody mentioned the three most important problems for the security services. The first is the sheer volume of traffic on the internet; as this is essentially instantaneous communication and costs almost nothing, there are far more messages than anyone could hope to track. The second is exemplified by the methods used in 'Allo, 'Allo when René (Night'awk) was sending messages to London; they used mutually agreed code phrases such as "the purple emu laid another egg" which might mean "we need more money" or perhaps it meant "the operation failed". Such codes are, by their nature, uncrackable if used carefully. The third problem is languages; during WW2 the US Army used Navaho signallers who spoke unencrypted but in their native tongue, and the Japanese could not understand a word of it.
By pure coincidence I was in my car for about 12 minutes this afternoon just as Any Answers were being broadcast. I actually heard your call and thought that what you were saying sounded familiar. I heard you repeating phrases that I'd recently read and thought it must have been in the newspaper. Now I see it was what you wrote yesterday. Well done for getting your voice heard Charm.
I also noticed after your call they had a caller named Abdul, who described himself as a devout Muslim. Surprisingly, especially to hear on the BBC, it was a Muslim talking about the need for better integration by Muslims with our society. Best Wishes Abdul.
Last Edit: Jan 17, 2015 22:33:01 GMT by Teddy Bear
By pure coincidence I was in my car for about 12 minutes this afternoon just as Any Answers were being broadcast. I actually heard your call ...
The BBC's efficiency and the presenter's intelligence astounded me. I had to explain my point at length, twice to different people before the broadcast, neither of whom understood it at first, and then the presenter asked me about something entirely different and well outside my competence to answer before letting me have my say. To be fair they didn't use my surname which I had asked to be left off air.
And yes, I was using my posting as a script for my intervention.
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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