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??
I've been reflecting on the manner of BBC reporting regarding the ongoing flooding here in the UK with the subsequent loss of drinking water for many homes and families, and the catastrophic events of Hurricane Katrina to New Orleans.
The reporting here is simply providing information about what has happened, what needs to be done, and what is being done.
Whereas Katrina provided the BBC with an ongoing onslaught against the US administration, particularly Bush, from the word go, to the point that even PM Blair voiced his shock at this coverage. As is usual, the BBC justified themselves without seeing anything wrong with how they pursued this story, then why aren't they now being as critical of the British Authorities and concerned companies for allowing events here to reach the proportions it has?
Last Edit: Jul 23, 2007 17:57:12 GMT by Teddy Bear
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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