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BBC: Is it that credible or not so much?

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BBC: Is it that credible or not so much?

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) assumed its current name when Sir John Reith became the first Director-General on 1 January 1927. Reith claimed that impartiality and objectivity represented the core of broadcasting professionalism.

Observers from both the left and the right of the political spectrum routinely make claims that the company lacks unbiased and fair coverage.

BBC credibilityAnother main subject of concern is the compulsory licensing charge, as industry owners complain that sponsorship means being unreasonable and results in their opportunity to negotiate with the BBC being restricted.

In comparison, allegations of duplication or over-staffing often cause criticism from lawmakers and the other newspapers.

BBC credibility is on trial

In April 2009 the BBC Trust’s Journalistic Quality Committee released a briefing on three complaints against two news reports concerning Jeremy Bowen, BBC News’ Middle East Editor. The lawsuits contained 24 charges of inaccuracy or prejudice. Of which three were on hold in whole or in part.

The editorial standards committee of the BBC Trust found that Bowen’s radio report “had expressed his professional opinion without training or justification, and that the lack of clarity of his wording had made the argument misleading” and that the online article needed to have clarified the presence of opposing viewpoints and violated impartiality laws. But Bowen got no accusation of racism in the study. The post on the website got an update, and Bowen faced no disciplinary action.

BBC BiasIn 2011, after three years of work by Primark, the BBC admitted that the retailing giant was a fake of its award-winning investigative journalism story on Indian child labor. BBC made an apology to Primark, Indian vendors and their audiences.

Wrong reporting / Lots of Lies

The BBC has got a blame for its reporting of the incidents leading to Iraq’s 2003 invasion. The outcry over what it described as the government’s “sexing up” of the war case in Iraq. It led to the BBC being under attack by the Hutton Investigation. While the British press denied this conclusion. This branded it as a whitewash administration.

After the investigation, the chairman of the BBC and its director general resigned. And also vice-chairman Lord Ryder made a public apology to the government. Described by the Liberal Democrat Norman Baker MP as “of such a capitulation. That I wanted to throw up when I heard it.”

Huge Unforgivable Mistakes

The BBC acknowledged in June 2012 that they committed “huge mistakes” in their reporting of the Arab spring. In an 89-page article, nine pages were dedicated to the BBC’s coverage of Bahrain, including revelations that the BBC had “underplayed the religious dimension of the dispute” and “not sufficiently expressed the perspective of monarchy backers” by “[failing] to note efforts by Crown Prince” Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa to “build dialog with the opposition.” The study added that “the government seems to have made a strong attempt to de-escalate the situation,” particularly when the reporting of the violence by the BBC fell dramatically, and many people complained that their reporting was “completely one-sided.”

Campaigns on Peaceful sides

The BBC bias leads to taking sides. In fact, Specific sides benefit from that bias. Some countries which actually seek peace in certain region or globally like Egypt or UAE get some furious campaigns by the BBC Editors. A lot of influencers and politicians on Twitter commented on this in the past and the present.

Isabel Oakeshott has criticized the BBC for its awful agenda tweeting this 3 days ago:

Also Robbie Gibb followed the same path as he tweeted:

And last but not least, Jason Kint also attacked the BBC for its apparent bias:

So as a conclusion. There are lots of newspaper out there that can be credible. But if BBC is anywhere near credible, it’s in the back of the list.

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