It doesn’t take long for things to start to unravel.
The BBC’s impartiality review, conducted by Cardiff University, has some major flaws.
Even without reading it you can already pick holes in it.
Its terms of reference were obviously far too narrow..ironic for a review that was concerned with ‘breadth of opinion’.
Two major topics of concern are missing…climate change and Israel.
Strangely Israel was also missing in any meaningful way from the Seesaw to Wagon Wheel report as well.
But another question might be asked….why Cardiff University? Or indeed any university.
Academics are notoriously left wing…and ‘extreme’…. ‘Academics have deeper knowledge but some also hold extreme views’….hardly a good starting point.
If this was conducted by students you have to ask do they have the experience and depth of knowledge needed to judge ‘bias’ in the BBC’s output….they would need a wide ranging and deep knowledge of world affairs to be able to do the job properly….did they?
And look at Cardiff….and the BBC’s relationship with it….the BBC has close ties to Cardiff which seems to be the ‘go to’ place when the BBC wants some research done.
22 May 2013
A Cardiff University research project that helped change the way the BBC reports on political issues has been recognised for its impact at the University’s prestigious Innovation and Impact Awards.
and how about this:
Professor Richard Sambrook – BA (Reading), MSc (Birkbeck, London)
Richard Sambrook is Professor of Journalism and Director of the Centre for Journalism which undertakes postgraduate vocational training. He is a former Director of Global News at the BBC where he worked as a journalist for 30 years as a producer, editor and manager.
Oh…and look..who was a previous director of journalism at Cardiff:
and it looks like he is still there as a ‘professor of journalism’
Professor Richard Tait – M.A., D.Phil. (Oxon)
All of which probably means nothing at all…but it hardly inspires confidence in the independence of Cardiff.