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??
How does the BBC measure up to its charter?
BBC Ignores Model's Hanging Over Forced Marriage Fears
The question is, why did I suspect from this that there would be little if anything on the BBC website about it? Sure enough, when I checked at 18:30pm there was no mention of this model, and the Telegraph story is timed at 12:54pm today. Not even on their local webpages for the Manchester area. Bear in mind, it's the same area as their Salford offices, so there is no doubt that the BBC are aware of the story, but decided it wasn't in their best interests to cover it.
The story's also covered by the Daily Mail from 11:22am and the Daily Mirror from 11:30am, and both of these are shown in the BBC search engine as 'Elsewhere on the Web'.
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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