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??
Last night David Dimbleby was joined on Question Time by a panel comprised of Jacob Rees-Mogg, Piers Morgan, Emily Thornberry, Mark Reckless and Hannah Bardell. As talk turned to the prospect of Heathrow expansion, Rees-Mogg — who supports the plans — said that for all the fuss about noise caused by planes, he had suffered few problems with this when he lived near Slough.
At which point David Dimbleby couldn’t help but interrupt and change the topic — asking if this had been when Rees-Mogg attended Eton. Alas for all of Dimbleby’s wit, the BBC presenter — who attended Charterhouse –received a reply he had not been expecting. The Tory MP proceeded to confirm that he was referring to his time at the public school, before dropping the host in it by adding that he had attended Eton with Dimbleby’s son Henry: JRM: I used to live not a million miles from Slough with the airplanes going over and I must confess they didn’t prove too bothersome then DD: Eton, was that? JRM: That’s absolutely right… I was there with your son
At which point Mogg proceeded to return to the ‘important subject’ of airport expansion, as Dimbleby looked on sheepishly as he tried to contain his laughter. If only all men could handle the Eton jibes as well as Rees-Mogg.
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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