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BBC Admits Network-Wide Liberal Bias

From BBC NEWS:

BBC ‘must become more impartial’

The BBC needs to take more care to ensure it is impartial, according to a report commissioned by the corporation.

It accused the BBC of breaking its own guidelines by screening an episode of The Vicar of Dibley which promoted the Make Poverty History campaign.

The report also quoted former political editor Andrew Marr, who said the BBC has an “innate liberal bias”.

However, it added that the BBC is “generally seen as impartial” and set out new guidelines for avoiding bias.

Twelve guiding principles have been introduced, which will complement the BBC’s existing editorial guidelines.

The corporation says they are needed because of social and technological changes which have led to a spread of opinion beyond the traditional “left-right” political divide.

Among them is the statement that impartiality is “not necessarily to be found on the centre ground”.

Other principles warn that impartiality should not lead to “political correctness” or “insipid programmes” and there must be room for controversial and passionate contributors.

The report said a seminar held by the BBC last year saw an element of support for the idea that “some sort of liberal consensus” existed in the organisation.

It notes that news programmes missed several emerging stories on Europe and immigration which it described as “off limits in terms of a liberal-minded comfort zone”.

But “the report does not say that the BBC is institutionally biased,” deputy director general Mark Byford told BBC News 24.

Drama, comedy, music and children’s programmes are also expected to pay attention to impartiality, the document says…

It is a testimony to the extent of their bias that this would be news to them.

But then again fish probably don’t realize they are wet either.

The corporation says they are needed because of social and technological changes which have led to a spread of opinion beyond the traditional “left-right” political divide.

In other words too many people are exposing their obvious bias online.

But does anyone really believe that they will do anything about it?

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, June 18th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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