Tony Hall clearly has no control over the direction of travel the BBC takes politically….how can he claim impartiality is in the BBC’s DNA when it’s prime time current affairs programmes are stuffed full of people with quite obvious leftwing tendencies?
Guido reveals that Newsnight has, unbelievably?, hired a Labour stooge as its economics editor:
TUC’s senior economist Duncan Weldon has been hired as Flanders replacement. Weldon is a former Labour Party staffer who has blogged for the Fabian Society, Left Foot Forward and written a series of posts praising Labour politicians and attacking the Tories on LabourList. If that were not enough he also writes regularly for Owen Jones’ launched and Unite-funded CLASS think tank. Guido looks forward to his fair and balanced reporting…
BBC sources say that it would be unfair to blame the former Guardian deputy-editor Ian Katz who is now Newsnight’s editor for the hire as James Harding (ex-Times editor) signs off the hires. Katz seems sensitive to complaints about the politics of Newsnight:
The BBC is the major news source for the majority of people in this country and therefore holds a particularly powerful and influential position…..and therefore should be held all the more rigorously to its charter and legal obligations to be impartial.
That clearly isn’t happening.
There is hardly a day go by without a Union representative, a Charity worker or a Labour politician being given airtime for some grievance against the government which then dominates the news agenda for that day, managing to paint a picture of destitution and ruination spreading across the nation despite an economy on the up, employment rising and inflation falling.
What to do with a dishonest BBC? Keep sacking the DGs until they get a grip (unlikely with the hopelessly untrustworthy BBC Trust in charge)…or take them to court….after all it is a legal obligation to be impartial not merely a nice to have thing that can be disregarded if it doesn’t suit.