SMITH: The so-called British Broadcasting Corporation needs reform or else it will crumble

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I was scrolling through Twitter in the wee small hours recently and came across an article from The Telegraph newspaper from 2015 that someone had shared. In it, it revealed that Margaret Thatcher had written in now-disclosed papers that she believed that the BBC “assisted the enemy” during the Falklands War. Her anger was conveyed at how the BBC reported “the next likely steps” in the war before they had happened, as well as referring to our forces as “the British”, as if they were neutral in its reporting.

Call me jingoistic, but I don’t believe that a state broadcaster should report anything that could be intercepted by the enemy during a war, especially the families of the soldiers are risking their lives are paying £34 (1982 cost – in today’s money that amounts to £83.90) for a television licence in order to watch unfolding developments. Quite sickening given that the BBC hummed a very different tine 21 years later, fawning over Tony Blair as he began what many believe to be an illegal war in Iraq. For the record, the license fee is now £147.50 per-year, with the BBC still taking money from advertising revenue from the UKTV network they jointly-own as well as its BBC World output.

It seems to me that criticism of the BBC’s liberal bias was more reserved for a cult group of people, but it’s reaching the mainstream more-and-more with each passing day. Recently, Tory backbench MP Jacob Rees-Mogg was quoted criticising the corporation, and even made fun of their bias on a BBC political programme.

Absolutely.

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The BBC continues to pontificate on behalf of the Remainer, and reports on only good developments in Britain as long as it is “despite Brexit”; its flagship discussion show Question Time (which often fills its audiences with turquoise-haired leftists with more piercings than brain cells) have taken to pitch one pro-Brexit politician, public figure or businessperson against four Remainers; and it doesn’t stop there. It’s resident voice of piousness is Jon Sopel, who had the gall to the describe the corporation as “free” (incorrect), “fair” (wrong), and “impartial” (hogwash) to President Trump who called it “fake news” (correct). Sopel has since services his liberal paymasters very well, following the President and will do his best to criticise him at every juncture. I would not be surprised if Trump has the temerity to fart after lunch within range of a BBC microphone, Sopel will be there to announce that he has contributed to global warming.

What the BBC are failing to realise is that the thinner the veil over their bias becomes, the more the relevant politicians speak out and the more the public switch-off in their droves whilst resenting the license fee, and the more likely that the BBC becomes moribund as the world changes around it. The BBC needs to change in order to survive.


Jack Oliver Smith is the Associate Editor of New Media Central. Follow him on Twitter @MisterJackSmith

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