Why we should cherish the Beeb

First published in Letters by

OF COURSE, the right-wing sections of the press and David Quarrie’s supporters are enjoying the discomfiture of the BBC over its recent mishandling of the Jimmy Savile and the wrongly accused Tory peer news items (Beeb in a mess, Letters, November 13).

But at least the Beeb’s executives have had the good grace to resign their posts, unlike the Murdochs in the News of the World hacking scandal.

Remember Minnie Dowler? If Mr Quarrie had his way, we would, like millions of Americans, be fed Fox-type news and low-grade TV programmes frequently interrupted by commercials – all in the sacred name of private enterprise.

For 70 years the BBC has been the world’s pre-eminent broadcaster, the envy of everyone.

Let us cherish it – one of the few remaining voices for the people, maddeningly independent of the press, the trades unions and the posh boys alike. Long may Auntie reign!

RH Powell, Cawood Common, Selby.

 

• REGARDING the latest fiasco at the BBC, with the unseemly haste in incorrectly “identifying” Lord McAlpine as a child abuser, I believe this to be a classic example of the left-wing bias which has dominated BBC news reporting for a generation.

I am confident that had this been a Blairite Labour peer rather than an old colleague of Lady Thatcher, then the editorial checks would have been more stringent.

To compound the whole debacle, the tax payer is expected to reward catastrophic failure by stumping up £450,000 to pay off George Entwistle.

The equally ineffective Lord Patten is now trumpeting “root and branch” reform to restore the BBC’s reputation.

I would suggest he starts by ensuring that all news and current affairs programmes, rather than generally propagating the views of The Guardian newspaper, give a fair and balanced view on a range of subjects, including membership of the EU, mass immigration, climate change and the Christian church.

In the interests of fairness, I would also suggest that the prime minister is described with either his title or as David Cameron, rather than the often sneering reference to Cameron, while the Labour leader is unfailingly referred to in the friendliest of terms as “Ed Miliband”.

Martin Smith, Main Street, Elvington, York.

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12:01pm Thu 15 Nov 12

cityforthepremier says...

"Minnie Dowler", a letter about as accurate as the BBC too!
"Minnie Dowler", a letter about as accurate as the BBC too! cityforthepremier
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12:49pm Thu 15 Nov 12

ColdAsChristmas says...

Well put Martin, A BBC that reports the News without bias as the Charter states would have saved it from much of this mess.
Some of those responsible for presiding over this have gone but it's not over yet. While we now know the 28 mostly Eco Warriors who turned the BBC Green, we still, as licence payers don't know how much was spent in trying to keep the 28 names a secret. It reminds me of the cash CoYC spent on that stupid now defunct wind turbine. About time we had the whole Green truth!
Well put Martin, A BBC that reports the News without bias as the Charter states would have saved it from much of this mess. Some of those responsible for presiding over this have gone but it's not over yet. While we now know the 28 mostly Eco Warriors who turned the BBC Green, we still, as licence payers don't know how much was spent in trying to keep the 28 names a secret. It reminds me of the cash CoYC spent on that stupid now defunct wind turbine. About time we had the whole Green truth! ColdAsChristmas
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12:59pm Thu 15 Nov 12

Buzz Light-year says...

Got a link to that list ColdAs?
Got a link to that list ColdAs? Buzz Light-year
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2:00pm Thu 15 Nov 12

ColdAsChristmas says...

Here you are Buzz, the activists you put your blind faith behind. Just remember that ColdAsChristmas will always give you the truth based on fact not fairy tales. Owen C where are you?
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Here you are Buzz, the activists you put your blind faith behind. Just remember that ColdAsChristmas will always give you the truth based on fact not fairy tales. Owen C where are you? http://www.google.co .uk/url?sa=t&rct=j&q =&esrc=s&frm=1&sourc e=web&cd=10&cad=rja& ved=0CG4QFjAJ&url=ht tp%3A%2F%2Forder-ord er.com%2F2012%2F11%2 F13%2Fthe-list-of-na mes-the-bbc-did-not- want-you-to-see-scie ntist-exposed-by-cli mategate-set-bbc-pol icy%2F&ei=8vOkUIXlAs mv0QWy7YC4Dg&usg=AFQ jCNEpekUeeSpfVdR28Jx JS4Y_GAGejw ColdAsChristmas
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3:10pm Thu 15 Nov 12

Buzz Light-year says...

Thank you I'll check it when I've got time later. Ever heard of tinyurl.com?

Also please don't presume that I put blind faith behind anyone or anything.
Thank you I'll check it when I've got time later. Ever heard of tinyurl.com? Also please don't presume that I put blind faith behind anyone or anything. Buzz Light-year
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8:59pm Fri 16 Nov 12

Sillybillies says...

Also please don't presume that I put blind faith behind anyone or anything.

We all know you hero worship the pedalling one, and consider every word he utters a divine revelation!
[quote]Also please don't presume that I put blind faith behind anyone or anything.[/quote] We all know you hero worship the pedalling one, and consider every word he utters a divine revelation! Sillybillies
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10:56am Sat 17 Nov 12

Buzz Light-year says...

Sillybillies wrote:
Also please don't presume that I put blind faith behind anyone or anything.
We all know you hero worship the pedalling one, and consider every word he utters a divine revelation!
Really? Had a couple of drinks last night?

That's either your weakest attempt to
bait me yet or you really are the imbecile people think you are.

Quote me...
[quote][p][bold]Sillybillies[/bold] wrote: [quote]Also please don't presume that I put blind faith behind anyone or anything.[/quote] We all know you hero worship the pedalling one, and consider every word he utters a divine revelation![/p][/quote]Really? Had a couple of drinks last night? That's either your weakest attempt to bait me yet or you really are the imbecile people think you are. Quote me... Buzz Light-year
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11:23am Mon 19 Nov 12

Even AndyD says...

Having read the Telegraph and the Guardian over the last twenty years, I know which one is the most biased. And it certainly isn't the Guardian! To be fair, the former has the better cartoonist and crossword, but that is about it.
Having read the Telegraph and the Guardian over the last twenty years, I know which one is the most biased. And it certainly isn't the Guardian! To be fair, the former has the better cartoonist and crossword, but that is about it. Even AndyD
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2:25pm Mon 19 Nov 12

ColdAsChristmas says...

Can't agree with you Andy, on another topic you were talking about consistency with regard to your friend and Council leader JA.
As well as promoting propaganda, the Guardians' George Monbiot for years preached about so called 'Peak oil.' Earlier this year he was moaning about there being too much oil while it is still being discovered!
Buzz, you have had plenty of time now to read that list of mostly Eco warriors who have shaped what you are expected to believe. Are you, like Andy still a Global Cooling denier?
Can't agree with you Andy, on another topic you were talking about consistency with regard to your friend and Council leader JA. As well as promoting propaganda, the Guardians' George Monbiot for years preached about so called 'Peak oil.' Earlier this year he was moaning about there being too much oil while it is still being discovered! Buzz, you have had plenty of time now to read that list of mostly Eco warriors who have shaped what you are expected to believe. Are you, like Andy still a Global Cooling denier? ColdAsChristmas
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4:52pm Mon 19 Nov 12

ColdAsChristmas says...

Further, just announced that the IPCC for the first time have not been invited to the next round of so called climate talks (COP 18) and there appears almost no take up to the governments 'green deal.'
Looks like the wheels are coming off faster than an F1 car in a pit stop. Are you listening Owen C?
No Global Warming since 1997 and that's official!
Further, just announced that the IPCC for the first time have not been invited to the next round of so called climate talks (COP 18) and there appears almost no take up to the governments 'green deal.' Looks like the wheels are coming off faster than an F1 car in a pit stop. Are you listening Owen C? No Global Warming since 1997 and that's official! ColdAsChristmas
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7:23pm Mon 19 Nov 12

Buzz Light-year says...

Buzz, you have had plenty of time now to read that list of mostly Eco warriors who have shaped what you are expected to believe. Are you, like Andy still a Global Cooling denier?


Well I'm glad you added "mostly" this time.

Once again you presume my opinions/stance.
Maybe you have me mixed up with someone else?
Or maybe, like Scarlet Crabtree you think in binary?
If I challenge your cavalier obsessive nuisance posting then I'm automatically supporting whatever it is you're against?

I never have been a supporter/ denier of global warming/ cooling or climate change/ staying the same and I've never claimed to be any of that here.

It's too big for me to know for sure.
I don't go out on a limb without the felt presence of immediate experience.
Maybe I did far too much acid in the sixties to be told what to believe by anyone?
[quote]Buzz, you have had plenty of time now to read that list of mostly Eco warriors who have shaped what you are expected to believe. Are you, like Andy still a Global Cooling denier?[/quote] Well I'm glad you added "mostly" this time. Once again you presume my opinions/stance. Maybe you have me mixed up with someone else? Or maybe, like Scarlet Crabtree you think in binary? If I challenge your cavalier obsessive nuisance posting then I'm automatically supporting whatever it is you're against? I never have been a supporter/ denier of global warming/ cooling or climate change/ staying the same and I've never claimed to be any of that here. It's too big for me to know for sure. I don't go out on a limb without the felt presence of immediate experience. Maybe I did far too much acid in the sixties to be told what to believe by anyone? Buzz Light-year
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3:58pm Tue 20 Nov 12

ColdAsChristmas says...

Buzz, enlightenment of facts hidden from the public without a good deal of research is not nuisance but providing a service to those that wish to know the truth without having to take a closer look at the numbers and see through the hidden agenda. Perhaps that acid is having an affect on you. Thankfully I had more sense than to even think about trying it. Incidentally, as a Student, Chris Huhne was taking drugs as was reported in the papers many years ago. Says it all really.
Buzz, enlightenment of facts hidden from the public without a good deal of research is not nuisance but providing a service to those that wish to know the truth without having to take a closer look at the numbers and see through the hidden agenda. Perhaps that acid is having an affect on you. Thankfully I had more sense than to even think about trying it. Incidentally, as a Student, Chris Huhne was taking drugs as was reported in the papers many years ago. Says it all really. ColdAsChristmas
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8:09pm Tue 20 Nov 12

Buzz Light-year says...

Similarly Steve Jobs went on record saying he wouldn't have made it to where he was without the acid he took back in the day. Says it all really.

I only said maybe, I wasn't even alive in the sixties.
I happen to believe that your attitude to that idea displays the closed-mind you accuse others of having and counts against ability to judge objectively.

One source, the famously politically biased Guido Fawkes blog is taking "a closer look at the numbers" and seeing "through the hidden agenda." ?
Anyone can read a blog.
Anyone can write a blog.

Thanks for your efforts DI ColdAs, we appreciate your work on our behalf.
Similarly Steve Jobs went on record saying he wouldn't have made it to where he was without the acid he took back in the day. Says it all really. I only said maybe, I wasn't even alive in the sixties. I happen to believe that your attitude to that idea displays the closed-mind you accuse others of having and counts against ability to judge objectively. One source, the famously politically biased Guido Fawkes blog is taking "a closer look at the numbers" and seeing "through the hidden agenda." ? Anyone can read a blog. Anyone can write a blog. Thanks for your efforts DI ColdAs, we appreciate your work on our behalf. Buzz Light-year
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8:12pm Tue 20 Nov 12

Buzz Light-year says...

Oh yeah PS you've been asking a million times about the eco depot turbine at James St.
I asked once and got a reply.
Were you asking a rhetorical question?
Oh yeah PS you've been asking a million times about the eco depot turbine at James St. I asked once and got a reply. Were you asking a rhetorical question? Buzz Light-year
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