Have a read of this interesting document. Go to page 25 to find out the thoughts of Pete Murray, President of the National Union of Journalists and Senior Broadcast journalist with BBC Scotland . He’s asked to identify his biggest “villain” and this is what he says;

“Margaret Thatcher and all her successors who have send millions of people to the dole queues, smashed working class communities and taken Britain to war to try and rescue their political fortunes” 

Whilst pondering that little gem, remember the words of Helen Boaden “Impartiality is in our genes”.

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  1. Grant says:

    “All her successors “.  So that includes Labour. Where is the bias ?  😀


  2. Grant says:

    What does it say on the strap round his neck ?


  3. Martin says:

    I think his obvious attack on Thatcher but yes also on Blair as he wasn’t hard core left (even though the one eyed one was)


  4. Tony_E says:

    I think the issue to tackle is not neccesarily the bias, we take that for granted, but that thier continued utterances should be made very public.

    When the vast majority of the right thinking people of this country see that these people are still fighting the  fights of the 1970’s, they will be less likely to believe everything that the BBC broadcasts.


  5. prpw says:

    In what sense is this BBC broadcast journalist an impartial figure ?



  6. John Horne Tooke says:

    I have heard that some people still think the BBC is impartial.

    “Philosophically Hunt sounds as well disposed towards the BBC and C4 as the official line adopted by the Burnham-led DCMS. But inevitably there are some differences of emphasis. He says: “As a free marketer, the BBC is not a structure you would invent if you were starting with a clean sheet of paper. But the fact is that it works and works really well. If you walked down the street and asked pretty much anyone, they would name a programme on the BBC they really liked and which is an important part of their lives.””

    He just doesn’t see it even when it is staring him right in the face.


    • Grant says:

      So he justifies the BBC on the grounds that if it prudes ONE programme someone likes that is ok. Prat.


  7. Barry Wood says:

    America’s National Public Radio doesn’t tolerate it’s journalists expressing a controversial opinion. They’ve just sacked news analyst Juan Williams for admitting that other flight passengers in full Muslim garb made him nervous.

    In an internal memo the NPR big boss said “News analysts may not take personal public positions on controversial issues; doing so undermines their credibility as analysts, and that’s what’s happened in this situation. As you all well know, we offer views of all kinds on your air every day, but those views are expressed by those we interview – not our reporters and analysts.

    “In appearing on TV or other media . . . NPR journalists should not express views they would not air in their role as an NPR journalist. They should not participate in shows . . . that encourage punditry and speculation rather than fact-based analysis.”