Lord Hall has spoken.… The BBC will not change, it will not respond to criticism, it will not bow to naked bullying of those who demand accountability, transparency and reporting of a balanced and impartial nature.
He also says his reporters will report ‘without fear or favour’….really?
Publish this then:
“There may be some – I hope only a few – who try to use the impending Charter Review to influence our coverage of politics in this most sensitive of political years,” he said. “We will never let that happen, because to do so would betray the public and the ideals of the BBC.”
Just what did Miliband say in his ‘secret meeting with top BBC executives last November…apart from revealing his plan to ‘weaponise’ the NHS for his election campaign?
He went on:
‘… the independence of the BBC would be challenged “like never before”, with its coverage carefully scrutinised in a manner some staff might find “rather unappealing”.’
Ah yes, can’t have any of that unappealing scrutiny.
It does seem that Tony Hall doesn’t like the BBC having to be accountable to anyone….believing presumably in the inherent professionalism and fairminded nature of his staff to rein in the impulse to act as the Labuor Party’s media arm.
“Our confidence will never be arrogance, our pride will never be complacency, our determination will never be defensiveness.”
I’m sure he’s got that entirely right….arrogant, too proud to accept criticism, complacent and defensive?….no, no one would ever, ever, think that about the BBC.
Love the idea of naked bullying….all those Tory Eton toffs, butt naked, chasing Hall around the dorm slapping him with their mobile phones that are playing jazz s&m style…..should have a cartoon of that.