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Why the BBC has become so biased since 2010

Coincidently, 2010 is when the Conservatives won the General Election and came to office for the first time since John Major. They got into power via a coalition with the Liberal Democrats, you know, that party that promised to wipe tuition fees and then went on to tag team with the Conservatives to triple the price… yeah, they’d rather you forgot about that. We wouldn’t.

The Conservatives, now known as the Conservative and Unionist Party since their re-election in 2017, have made a number of changes since their reign of horror began, which has led to the BBC’s different departments to become mouthpieces for the Government. Here are some:

– Important posts have been filled with pro-government figures from the private sector, such as David Clementi (former Deputy Governor of the Bank of England. He is currently Chairman of the BBC), James Harding (Former Times editor, Director of BBC News from August 2013 until 1 January 2018), Robbie Gibb (Former editor of the BBC’s Sunday Politics and Daily Politics programmes, brother of Conservative MP Nick Gibb) and Rona Fairhead (Minister of State at the Department for International Trade, was the last Chair of the BBC Trust before its abolition)

– Direct links with the manipulative tabloid press has been strengthened through Downing Street giving important positions to characters such as Andy Coulson (He was the editor of the News of the World from 2003 until his resignation in 2007, following the conviction of one of the newspaper’s reporters in relation to illegal phone-hacking. He subsequently joined David Cameron’s personnel as communications director) and Craig Oliver (He is a British news editor, producer and media executive, and the former Director of Communications for British Prime Minister David Cameron. Previously, he was Controller of English news output for BBC Global News, responsible for commissioning the news content for the corporation’s English-language global services, including the BBC World Service, BBC World News and BBC News Online).

– The recruitment of people like Alison Fuller Pedley, of Mentorn Media, who is responsible for choosing who gets to go on the Question Time audience. She has been found retweeting fascists Britain First as seen below:

– And Sarah Sands, former editor of the Telegraph, Daily Mail and the Evening Standard, who now edits Radio 4’s Today programme.

– In June 2010, of John Browne (Baron Browne of Madingley) was assigned to the post of ‘Lead Non-Executive Director’ for Downing Street. His role being that of ‘recruiting business leaders to reformed departmental boards’ – Browne’s questionable history at BP notwithstanding, remember Deep Horizon?!

– All of this was kept quiet, with underhand activity that has been largely unreported and has given the current Conservative government immense power within fashionable and influential circles. This means they can not only dictate what information is made available to the public, but also the manner in which it is presented. History is full of examples of unscrupulous political leaders exercising control over the populace by taking control of the means of communication.

If you haven’t read 1984 by George Orwell, maybe now is the time. Why do we pay a license fee? You tell me. We would like to thank Marcus Moore, a former BBC scriptwriter who has worked for the last three decades as a freelance writer, theatre practitioner and arts consultant who made us aware of these facts. 

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21 thoughts on “Why the BBC has become so biased since 2010

  1. We can’t ‘ sort it ‘ until Labour are in power. I truly believe that one of the first orders of business once there should be to reform the BBC and force it to follow it’s own charter.

  2. On the other side the BBC rightwing bias includes the peas in a pod rightwing Blairite Labour, notably James Purnell secondeded by Tony Blair from the BBC to be Blairs communications direector, given a safe seat, chair of Labour Friends of Israel, introduced much of the welfare cut structure as DWP minister that was later carried on by IDF. Leaving parliament Purnell went back to the BBC as Director of Corporate Strategy in 2013, became Head of Radio and Education 2015 where he remains. And of course there’s Nick Robinson former chair of Oxford University Conservatives. It’s just another corporate revolving door to government, been turning since Thatcher.

  3. Murdoch has his ex employees within the BBC. I’m reading John Le Carre’s book The Pigeon Tunnel at the moment. In it he recalls a time he met Murdoch over dinner. During his conversation with him he asked why, when most people go to Australia to start a new life ( he ) Murdoch came the other way and brought The Times and The Sun newspapers. Murdoch’s answer , ” Because the British people are made of wood from the neck up ” Tells it all and the fact that the Tories are in his back pocket and he wants control of Sky broadcasting shows how powerful this obnoxious character is.

  4. I know this is the case. Which makes rightwing parties the bad guys and getting away with murder literally as well as figuratively! How on earth can they be stopped if they control the MSM? And the public know it too!

  5. The BBC was always biased, but this has become overwhelmingly blatant over the past five or six years, and literally incredible since Corbyn became labour leader. It’s so glaringly obvious that it must be difficult for anyone to deny, but I suppose there are plenty who do.

  6. It is so blatant, and so insidious. There are swathes of folk who are still using MSM as their main avenue for accessing the news, and tragically there is a vestigial trust in BBC news to be balanced and fair. They have now abused that trust. This became even more obvious during last years election when PURDAH rules were in force and they had to show a lot more of Jeremy Corbyn. We all know what happened and can only muse as to what might have been but for the divisive tactics of certain factions within the Party.

  7. You have missed one of the most importnt appoinments. When he was Editor of The Times James Harding fell out with Murdoch over how he handled the phone hacking crisis. Whether they run a big organisation or a small one, leaders tend to surround themselves with people who think like them or whom they know will instinctively do what the leader would do without asking. Harding was such a man for Murdoch until the phone hacking. Murdoch wanted rid of Harding, but because of the particular rules around how he has to manageThe Times, he couldn’t sack him, so he just stopped talking to him. never took his calls, never called. You can’t edit a newspaper if you can’t talk to your proprietor. Fortunately for Harding a job came up at the BBC. Helen Boaden, a BBC lifer who had started in radio journalism and used to edit File on 4, became Controller R4 and then Head of News, got caught up in the furore around the Jimmy Saville Newsnight fiasco and had to resign. Harding took her job, and took with him from The Times a man called Keith Blackmore, whom insiders tell me is more Murdoch than Murdoch. Blackmore had been Harding’s deputy at the Times and he made him Managing Editor News and Current Affairs at the BBC. Harding left on 1st jan this year, but Blackmore is still in post. He is very signifivcant. The Head of News job is not a hands on news job, it’s about policy and money, but the Managing Editor job is very important, agreeing priorities and setting tone with the strand editors, like Kuenssberg.

    It’s worth noting that Sarah Sands was Editor of the Evening Standard during the last London Mayoral election. She was responsible for the disgusting campaign against Sadiq Khan that bordered on racism, and accused him of associating with terrorists. Fortunately the people of London know the Standard is a right wing rag and paid no attention. So she bails, and Osborne gets the job. Meanwhile R4 Today, the flagship news programme and the media equivalent of the old fashioned journal-of-record, needs an Editor. The person description says the successful candidate must have extensive broadcast experience. Sarah Sands has zero broadcast experience. Nada, nul, zilch. Nevertheless she gets the job. In my experience of BBC job interviews and indeed shortlisting, this is very unusual. Even the BBC were aware of the possible sensitivity of the appointment so they put her on Feedback, the R4 listeners -get-a chance-to-comment programme, and Roger Bolton interviewed her. He’s a very good journalist, and did ask whether given her print background she could bring an unbiased approach to her Editorship, and she sounded slightly insulted. OF COURSE she could do that. She’s a professional journalist. She knows the BBC guidelines. So, yes, the fix is most definitely in.

    The BBC used to be managed under the arms-length principle, like the Arts Council, to avoid interference by the ruling party, and had an independent Board of Governors. even so the government of the day would interfere by appointing a particular person as Chairman to do their bidding, most notoriously Thatcher’s appointment of Marmaduke Hussey – who had been Muroch’s man and overseen the Times move to Wapping during the strike – to bring the BBC into line and get rid of the then Director General, Alisdair Milne, a BBC lifer and thoroughly good journo.

    In 2007 it was replaced by the BBC Trust, a consequence of concern about BBC governance expressed by the Hutton Enquiry into the David Kelly affair, itself triggered by the revelation on the Today programme that Kelly had said he had proof there were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq – I paraphrase – and effectively calling Tony Blair a liar. The Turst had a ten year charter, and was supposedly independent of the BBC and the Government and had regulatory as well as other duties. So if there was a complaint against the BBC they dealt with it. When the charter ran out in 2017 the Tories replaced it with the BBC Board, and gave the regulatory duties to Ofcom. There are tewo serious concerns about the Board. one is that most of the mebers are Government appointments, the other is that for the first time since the creation of the BBC, the Board will have responsibility for overseeing editorial direction. Senior Execs at Ofcom are of course Govt appointments. So the fix is thorughly in.

  8. Thatcher politicised the BBC. Labour, under Blair, also politicised it by, for example, appointing former Labour politician, Michael Lyons, as Chairman of the BBC Trust. The Tories carried on the tradition by appointing Chris Patten, then extended the policy by increasing the number of political appointments. All that will happen if Labour gets into power is they’ll kick out the Tory cronies and replace them with their own.

    The BBC is the UK’s state propaganda service and will be used as such by whoever is in power at Westminster, whether Labour, Conservative or coalition.

  9. It was particularly noticeable in Scotland during the 2014 Independence Referendum when it became clear that the BBC is, in effect, the State Broadcaster.

    If you are in any doubt, read “ London Calling: How the BBC Stole the Referendum” by GA Ponsonby.

    There is also a very interesting video online called “LONDON CALLING: BBC bias during the 2014 Scottish independence Referendum” which takes apart the notion that the BBC is anything other than an arm of the State.

  10. The Tory party have always always attracted people from the more VILE side of life the kind who have absolutely no time for their constituants their only goal in life is setting themselves up they are the most insidias of people dishonest as a day is long what we need the people to stand up and be counted and at the next election come out in their droves with one thought in mind that being the total destruction of the Tory party then try to get some honesty back into parliament the start could start with a totally new direction proportional representation might be a good place to start followed a UKIP government we have had the others for too long we are in need of a change

  11. Its up to the people of this country to drain the swamp and take back control we should have a body of people making these decisions and that body of people should be changed every time we have a general election or we could vote to abolish the licence fee most of it goes on exorbitant wages to people who don’t need the money it is the old school boys that are running the BBC.

  12. The number of listeners to The TODAY PROGRAMME have drop like a stone. All the BBC political programmes are so biased it’s a joke. Who’s got the balls to stand up to them.

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