Sunday, 23 January 2011

BBC Bias

I've come a bit late to this article in the Daily Mail by BBC newsreader Peter Sissons regarding BBC bias. In truth he was never my favourite newsreader; he always seem to read the news as though he wanted to break through the television screen and punch me in the face. However his article on BBC bias, as a former employee, is a must read:

In my view, ‘bias’ is too blunt a word to describe the subtleties of the ­pervading culture. The better word is a ‘mindset’. At the core of the BBC, in its very DNA, is a way of thinking that is firmly of the Left.

By far the most popular and widely read newspapers at the BBC are The Guardian and The Independent. ­Producers refer to them routinely for the line to take on ­running stories, and for inspiration on which items to cover. In the later stages of my career, I lost count of the number of times I asked a producer for a brief on a story, only to be handed a copy of The Guardian and told ‘it’s all in there’.

And surprise surprise the BBC supports the usual suspects:

Whatever the United Nations is associated with is good — it is heresy to question any of its activities. The EU is also a good thing, but not quite as good as the UN. Soaking the rich is good, despite well-founded economic arguments that the more you tax, the less you get. And Government spending is a good thing, although most BBC ­people prefer to call it investment, in line with New Labour’s terminology.

All green and environmental groups are very good things. Al Gore is a saint. George Bush was a bad thing, and thick into the bargain. Obama was not just the Democratic Party’s candidate for the White House, he was the BBC’s. Blair was good, Brown bad, but the BBC has now lost interest in both.

Of course none of this comes as any kind of shock as Autonomous Mind points out. It's a shame, as is always the way, that the truth only outs from the inside when those concerned have left positions of responsibility.

For some time I've contemplated withdrawing from paying the license fee. Partly because I no longer watch much television, particularly because the news has become so much more vacuous, but mostly because of precisely the issues that Sissons' raises. The BBC will only listen via their wallets:
Complaints from viewers may invariably be met with the BBC’s stock response, ‘We don’t accept that, so get lost’. But complaints from ministers, though they may be rejected publicly, usually cause consternation — particularly if there is a licence fee settlement in the offing. And not just ministers, if a change of Government is thought likely.
The only thing that stops me is that my wife is less keen, and nervous of a license fee battle in court; not surprising as they adopt bullying tactics and go for the innocent and more vulnerable members of a non-paying family.


  1. Look you don't need a license if you watch non-live streamed TV programs. All the major free to air channels have an Iplayer type service, so you don't miss anything. There's other streaming sites that cover virtually all other programs too. Just get a big tv that is also a monitor and plug it into the pc or laptop. Job done.

    And to be perfectly honest, if you did watch the odd bit of live sport or something off one of the live streaming sites, they'll never find out anyway. If anyone enquires, show them you have no aerial or satellite dish and tell them to bog off. Job done.

    Technology will slowly kill the licence fee. Over the next decade the licence fee revenue will decline slowly as people catch on.

  2. The TVLA collectors only go after people in the leafy suburbs. they don't go near sink estates.
    Their commission is based on what they can collect, and all they would collect on a sink estate would be a brick through the windscreen. Also, it's not so easy to peer through the window on the twentieth floor of a tower block.
    They're not very keen on going to court, because if they fail to prove their case they lose money (time and court costs etc).

    This is why the middle classes bear the brunt of all taxation and fines, simply put, they're more likely to pay.
    It's time for the worm to turn.
    By the way, they're not allowed to enter your home without being accompanied by a copper with a search warrant.

    Have a look at these:

  3. >He still watches television

  4. @Anon and Twig, thanks for the info. Though it's my wife that's less keen not me despite all the logic of not paying, as you both point out, she doesn't want any of the hassle at all - and she comes first.

  5. The TV Licensing Authority tried to imprison me for six months for non-payment when I'd actually got an up-to-date licence. I blackmailed the person who sent me the letter and received an appropriate amount of 'compensation.'