Why Bother?





Why does the BBC go to the bother of recruiting a new chair of the BBC Trust when in reality, it is apparent, they are just figureheads spouting the corporate line?  Have they still got that tub of lard in the props department from HIGNFY?

In her hearing with the Culture, Media and Sport Committee the latest recruit, Rona Fairhead,  comes over pretty much as you would expect, saying everything that you would expect in a job interview for the Chair of the Trust…nothing controversial and if anything far too complacent about the status quo….happy that the BBC is impartial, happy that the DG is taking it in the right direction and concerned about the competition from commercial ‘conglomerates’….Murdoch?  Seems very much on board and on message already.


Rona Fairhead, the new chair, or as good as, looked like having little to no political or media baggage and people were giving her the benefit of the doubt as to how she would stand up to the BBC machine.

People may have to reassess that when they see this clip, and it is interesting that the BBC chooses this particular clip:

Rona Fairhead: ‘Critical time for BBC’ as charter debate looms


Regardless of the headline the BBC gives it the main thrust of the clip is about BBC bias.  An MP asks Rona Fairhead if she thinks the BBC is biased…her first reaction is to evade the question by talking of the ‘role of the BBC to be impartial’ and only when pressed does she answer the point.

Her answer, and she’s obviously read the staff manual, is that yes, the BBC is broadly impartial, the data says that the public think it is…it’s impartiality must be clear, understood and unquestioned.

The Trust’s job is to ensure nobody questions the BBC’s impartiality?  Well they certainly do a good job of that now.  As she clearly thinks the BBC is impartial there can be little hope for the future if that is the status quo she is defending.


She was though more polite than Robert Preston:

“Bollocks.” As counter-arguments go, it was a succinct one. BBC economics editor Robert Peston had been asked whether former business editor Jeff Randall was correct to say the Beeb is institutionally biased to the left.


You can watch the hearing here…

Pre-Appointment Hearing for Chair of the BBC Trust

  1. Rona Fairhead, the Government’s preferred candidate



Rona Fairhead stated her main principles would be:

1.  She would see her role as chair of the Trust as to represent the audience and to represent the British licence fee payers.

2.  She aims to defend rigorously the independence and impartiality of the BBC…that is critical.

3.  She will respect the different roles of the Trust and the BBC Executive.  The DG and his team have done a lot of work already and she says it is in absolutley the right direction….her role would be to ensure that it goes even further.

4.  She sees her role as to ensure that the BBC responds to the challenges in its environment, and they are very challenging…..user behaviour, the explosion of choice…and the emergence of new large media conglomerates….can she mean Murdoch?



The Parliamentary committee looks to have decided though that she is the one for the job:

We were impressed by the answers given by Mrs Fairhead and are of the view that she is well qualified to take on the role of Chair of the BBC Trust. We believe that her considerable management experience will be of great value. We note that she already has and will retain significant responsibilities as a non-executive director of HSBC and in other external roles. However, we welcome her assurance that her first priority will be Chair of the BBC Trust and that she will step down from her other positions if necessary.



More people think BBC has bias to left than bias to right – poll

Poll: The BBC and metropolitan bias

Public anger at BBC bias: Viewers hit out at lengthy coverage of poll tax and miners’ strike after Baroness Thatcher’s death

Nearly 80 percent of UK Jewish community sees BBC bias against Israel

Yougov show falling trust in the BBC

YouGov also repeated their semi-regular tracker about trust in various professions following the BBC’s recent troubles. The proportion of people saying they trusted BBC News journalists to tell the trust was down from 57% last month to 44% now, and for the first time marginally more people said they didn’t trust BBC journalists than said they did.

To put this in context, BBC News journalists are still more trusted than journalists on other channels or newspapers, but there has been a sharp decline in recent years.



Interesting to see this:

Fast track for TV licence revolution: Move to scrap jail threat for evaders ‘begins in days’


and this:

Ten staff covering baton handover proves BBC is too big, says Sajid Javid



(Remarkably when you Google ‘tub of lard’ the first and most frequent result is for HIGNFY)




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3 Responses to Why Bother?

  1. dave s says:

    She is irrelevant. Whoever was appointed is there to keep the BBC in being as the main voice of the liberal elite. This elite does not see itself as left or right but simply right about everything and encompasses all three parties.
    It is increasingly worried that it’s constructed view of reality is shattering. I have no interest in the Trust or the BBC itself. It will not give a voice to those who really are the opposition. Those who realise that the elite is bringing the West to ruin.
    Do we hear or see the real radicals and we know who they are?
    No and we won’t as long as the elite and it’s mouthpiece refuses to accept that the 21st century is one of great peril for our civilisation and one which might well see it’s destruction.
    Worthless the lot of them.


    • Sir Arthur Strebe-Grebling says:

      The bBBC seems to see itself as one of the great things that unify this nation, the “envy of the world”, like the Nationalised Death Service. But, paradoxically, the bBBC has been one of the biggest forces tearing this country apart. Labour, enthusiastically supported by the bBBC, has given away our capital city to foreigners, without any of us having a say. The bBBC is encouraging the people of Scotland to vote further to break up our country, without the rest of us having a say. Not to mention the dominance of the country by a tiny metropolitan clique, surrounding themselves with like-minded people, ignorant and uncaring of the rest of us.
      Rona Fairhead appears to fit the latter exactly and is probably irrelevant. But so will the bBBC be irrelevant when it has finally engineered the destruction of our country. They seem too stupid to realise it, though.


  2. DJ says:

    Yep, looks like another fine appointment by The Blob:


    Key Quote:

    “He said: ‘Mrs Fairhead’s credentials are great, as long as you ignore what she’s done at HSBC for the past ten years.”

    He has a point. And then there’s this:

    “Mrs Fairhead plans to continue to work for HSBC when she takes over the £110,000, three-day a week BBC chairmanship.

    The mother of three, who said she is a Doctor Who fan and a watcher of Match of the Day since childhood, will keep another non-executive role at Pepsi.”

    Nothing’s too good for the workers!