2005/02/25

Neutrality of the BBC

The BBC has an interesting article on how to create fair and balanced journalism. Prehaps FoxNews need to read it?
There are several key issues:
Giving each political party a 'fair' amount of time. That means the more popular a party is, the more time it gets.
Ensuring that it is usually the mainstream within the party that is heard, but ensuring the dissenters are also given time.
Giving the viewers the best sense of the argument. So if it was mainly crap, then showing the crap rather than the moment of brilliance amongst the crap.
The main point is to be fair and balanced.

2 Comments:

The BBC is one of the best TV networks around, both in quality of its varied programs, but more importantly in its pledge to give fair and balanced news, as is the point of your post.

In this respect, I found the same with Australia's ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation), which like the BBC, is the governement funded channel. In comparison, the commercial channels in those days (channel 7, 9 and 10) were a disgusting lot of shit hardly better than Faux News.

I remember Channel 10's motto which said "We don't just report the news, we MAKE the news". Says it all, don't it?

I'm even more impressed still with French TV. There is a governement funded consortium of 3 channels (France 2, France 3, and France 5 / ARTE which is a German/French coproduction), and in terms of serious, fair reporting, as well as in depth current affairs programs, they beat anything I've seen elsewhere. You certainly will never hear the slightest slight on any party/person/country/etc, regardless of how wrong things may be. The only nation wide commercial channel available on *normal* TV here is TF1, which while being mostly full of commercial shit programs, at least have also a fairly stringent code of ethics when reporting news.

Since we moved here 6 months ago, we lost our access to satellite TV, but we had it for the 3 previous years. It was interesting because there are virtually thousands of free European satellite channels as well as of course the US channels such as CNN, MSNBC, Faux News, and a couple of the other big ones. We also had the Arabic channels.

One thing was obvious: any *touchy* world event reported by the BBC or any of the *normal* 3 Fr channels as well as the myriad of EU channels from Spain to Sweden pretty much described them the same way. The arabic channels obviously reported them in a different light.

But by far, the ones that stuck out like dog's balls in describing those events in a very different way were all the US networks, even the supposedly "left wing" CNN channel. 

Posted by WhyNot
2/25/2005 12:29:00 pm  
isn't that what the daily show is for??? oh damn i forgot to tape it last night too.... 

Posted by angiekruger
2/25/2005 01:32:00 pm  

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