British Broadcasting Corporation

The British Broadcasting Corporation has often been accused of anti-Semitism, usually by representatives of the Israeli government, the Israeli Ambassador to the UK or the Chief Rabbi. But is the BBC anti-Semitic as Israel claims or, as many others claim, does the BBC have a pro-Israel bias in its reporting? - Back in January 2009, when Operation Cast Lead was in full swing with Gaza being reduced to rubble, and its inhabitants had nowhere to flee, the Disasters Emergency Committee issued an appeal on behalf of the Gazan people. DEC is made up of 14 leading UK aid charities. When some major humanitarian crisis occurs they combine their fundraising efforts.

The appeal is broadcast on all major TV and radio stations and large adverts appear in the press. The response from the British public is usually swift and generous. But, where the Israeli attack on Gaza was concerned, the BBC said ‘No’. And because the great BBC was refusing to air the appeal, the other channels felt they had to follow suit. The public outcry was massive. The BBC instantly received over 11,000 complaints. The Minister for the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Lord Malloch Brown, was similarly bombarded although protesters were forced to write to him as the FCO took down his email address. Proser and Sachs applauded the BBC’s decision.

Apart from the fact that the BBC were not showing any pictures from inside Gaza because Israel was preventing any reporters from entering, I was very puzzled by the statement that the BBC had turned down appeals in the past. I couldn’t recall any occasion when they had done so. On how many occasions has the BBC - turned down an appeal by the DEC? On what dates did the BBC turn down these appeals? On behalf of which countries/people were the DEC appealing? Silly me. I thought that an appeal for aid came under "other than those of journalism, art or literature", but BBC logic dictates otherwise. They were certainly being ‘creative’ in their interpretation of the Act.

DEC has never issued an appeal for ‘the Middle East’ although, with the way things are developing there, they may yet have to. Even worse, when I checked with the DCE website, their Appeals Archive page listed no appeals for anywhere at all in 2006. Ooops! It seems that under other circumstances, the BBC is not worried about appearing to be taking sides in an ongoing story, as they have just aired the DEC appeal for Syria. So, whose side are they on? Are they anti-Semitic in the real meaning of the term, or is it more accurate to say that they have a pro-Israel bias? Quite a lot of people think the answer to that is ‘Yes’. They are demanding that the BBC Trust holds a Public Inquiry into whether there is pro-Israeli bias at the BBC. They reached their target of 10,000 signatures yesterday, but more would be welcome. It is time this issue was settled once and for all, time for the BBC to be what it claims it is - fair and impartial in the reporting of news.

"The Girl I Love", "Something Else" and "What Is And What Should Never Be" appear on Complete Tapes on Tintagel, "The Girl I Love" and "Something Else" are on More Than Something Else (125) on Aulica and Shenandoah. Empress Valley includes the unaired interview with host Chris Grant which shows him clearly over his head in dealing with the young band. All four songs are on the official BBC Sessions and "Traveling Riverside Blues" appears on the Remasters and on Coda in the complete box set. The first disc ends with the television broadcast of "Black Mountain Side" from the Julie Felix show. This is played by Page on the acoustic guitar and is perhaps one of the most impressive performances of the piece.

Disc 2, Radio One BBC Rock Hour, Playhouse Theater, London - June 27, 1969: Alan Black introduction, Communication Breakdown (incl. I Can’t Quit You, interview with Alan Black, Dazed and Confused, Liverpool Scene sketch, White Summer / Black Mountain Side, You Shook Me, How Many More Times. Disc two contains the complete hour long broadcast from the June 27th, 1969 Playhouse In Concert appearance. This set has been released previously on CD on titles such as Another White Summer (Big Music), Rock Hour (Antrabata) copied onto BBC 69 (BBC Transcription Series), Classics Off The Air Vol.

Empress Valley contains the entire show including the interview with Alan Black, the Liverpool Scene sketch of very cold war humor and the host’s very thorough introduction of Jimmy Page before "White Summer" / "Black Mountain Side". Disc 4: Going To California, That’s The Way, What Is And What Should Never Be, Whole Lotta Love - (incl. The second two discs contain the complete April 1st, 1971 Paris Theater In Concert broadcast. Among the many releases on CD it can be found on At The Beeb 1971 (Cuttlefish), BBC (ARM), BBC In Concert (Forever Standard Series), BBC Zep (Antrabata, Genuine Masters and Tarantura), Classics Off The Air Vol.

Empress Valley uses the pre-FM master that has been used before where the stereo separation places the guitars in the right channel and the vocals in the left. Other releases like the FSS version have a more centered concentration of sound. Compared to the others Empress Valley may have used too much EQ on the tape. However the softer passages sound very nice and some sounds that are buried on earlier releases and more clear like Plant’s accompanying scat under Page’s violin bow solo in "Dazed & Confused". After the enjoyment of the first two discs in this collection the 1971 concert was a let down and hampers what is otherwise a very solid release.

Sorry, but copying text is forbidden on this website! Quality broadcasting does not constantly keep pace with traditional broadcasting and this duty, to make available to the masses with what is conceivably necessary rather than miscellaneous, stays at the core of public service broadcasting. As a result, funding is more often than not gained from taxation, contributions, state subventions, consenting to the importance to be on the esteem to society rather than audience ratings. But in an era of digitization and media junction, the radio and television audience is hastily turning into more broadly detached within a new-fangled multi-media, multi-channel setting. The stated mission of the BBC is ‘to inform, educate and entertain,’ and the motto of the BBC is ‘Nation Shall Speak Peace Unto Nation’" (" British - Broadcasting Corporation").

This way, the British Broadcasting Corporation also reflects the British touch of culture and heritage with entertainment, music, events, and news that are relevant to identifiable chunks of the larger Western marketplace. Entertainment is indigenous to specific European migrants across the globe, and that resonates in the programming of this format also. The local shows are an integral part of the station’s defined lifestyle and are perceived by viewers as communicating directly to them. When the programs and documentaries broadcasted on BBC are delivered in a style that reflects the station’s format, and the message is relevant to the English viewers’ culture and heritage, there is a strong, personal connection. The body of research in this paper identifies the theories, concepts, and studies that were used in the study.

2008). Leading in program production worldwide, the BBC presents entertainment and media services to a wide-reaching audience through television, radio, and Web-based machineries. But BBC is a Public Service Broadcasting Company. Disengagement from the British government and vested interests implies that the British Broadcasting Corporation can tender a dispassionate and evenhanded standpoint, principally in the sphere of journalism. Whether the organization is strictly unbiased is challenging to gauge. What sets the British Broadcasting Corporation apart from other multimedia networks is its non-commercial business approach. In any case, there is the danger of having violence bulletins being found incredible at times with the flood of commercials punctuating the program.

This is because of the capitalist theory of molding the news as per price of the news. Professor Justin Lewis of Cardiff University cites an instance when commercial pressures have influenced news output. Local news broadcasting in the US is commercially successful, and research studies show that crime stories consistently draw the largest audiences. "Suddenly there seemed to be a crime wave across the US," says Lewis. "But crime figures were actually decreasing. Of course if you ask the public, they would tell you crime is increasing. After all, recent surveys speak of the majority of the U. S. adult population as skeptical about the news and information programming on public broadcasting being biased.

Making devolution of media services work begin with the British Broadcasting Corporation officials assuming a more assertive role as institution managers for "morale, welfare and recreation" delivery ("British Broadcasting Corporation"). There is no doubt that the British Broadcasting Corporation does face a large set of variables as it takes place over different countries and it does act in different environments. One of the most determinant environments to the success of the British Broadcasting Corporation is culture, which holds the reason for many human acts and behavior. 2008). Like any organization, the British Broadcasting Corporation has its own history of success, which reinforces and strengthens the organization’s way of doing things. The older and more successful the organization, the stronger its culture, its nature, its identity becomes.

They are communities of people with a mission, not machines. In recent years, the British Broadcasting Corporation board has reviewed its interest in analyzing the operations’ accomplishments. The literature evokes that the development of global culture rapid changes in technology in the last several decades has changed the nature of culture and cultural exchange. Governments and corporations have gained vast amounts of political power through military might and economic influence (Ewing and Meissner, 2004). Corporations such as the British Broadcasting Corporation have also created a form of global culture based on worldwide commercial markets. Local culture and social structure are now shaped by large and powerful commercial interests in ways that earlier anthropologists could not have imagined.

In 1904 the United Kingdom’s Wireless Telegraphy Act put the Royal Post Office in control of issuing broadcast licenses. In 1919, after complaints that new broadcasters were interfering with military - communications, the Post Office stopped issuing these licenses, and by 1922 new stations were permitted to begin broadcasting only as part of a monopoly called the British Broadcasting Company. In 1927 a royal charter converted this company into the British Broadcasting Corporation, the BBC. Today this nominally autonomous corporation is run by a Board of Governors whose members are appointed to four-year (formerly five-year) terms by the elected government in Parliament.

The BBC - is managed by a Director General appointed by the Governors. BBC airs no advertising. Its broadcasts are funded by a "licence fee" levied on every household that owns a television set. The poor and other favored groups are exempted from this tax, and those with black-and-white TVs pay less than those with color. 5.2 billion each year, which it uses to produce and broadcast programs and to maintain the largest news-gathering operation in the world. BBC Television launched the world’s first regular television service in 1936 from the Alexandra Palace in London. It has aired ever since, except during World War II when it temporarily went dark lest its signal be detected by German bombers over London.

That channel, now known as BBC One, broadcasts mostly dramas, comedies, game shows and soap operas. BBC Two was launched in 1964 and today it features more eclectic, cultural and news-oriented programs than BBC One. BBC has long exported its programs and documentaries, many of which air in the United States on PBS. It also broadcasts a few imported foreign programs. BBC Radio shows and news stories are broadcast in the U.S. Pacifica Radio and National Public Radio. - BBC airs its own noncommercial UK news channel (BBC News 24) to compete with Cable News Network (CNN) and the Rupert Murdoch sister operation to Fox, Sky News in Europe.

BBC - also produces BBC World, a commercial news network broadcast worldwide outside the UK, that shares reporters and stories with BBC News 24. Many of its stories also air on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). A half-hour version of BBC World News is available to PBS stations via WLIW in New York and it can presently be viewed by 80 to 90 percent of U.S. BBC today, by some measures, has only 28 percent of the audience "share" it once commanded. Unlike a capitalist enterprise, the corporation needs neither profits nor high audience ratings to survive — but it does need political support.

That support has eroded in recent years for a variety of reasons, among them the hard-left political bias evident in its programs and public statements. When Conservative Margaret Thatcher was the British Prime Minister (1979-90) and hinted that she might privatize BBC, the Corporation preemptively attacked her with its comedy series "Yes, Minister" to portray the government as laughably incompetent. BBC reporters are widely perceived as favoring the political left, and as being inclined to criticize conservatives while supporting the socialist Labour Party. In 1997 the ascent of "New Labour" leader Tony Blair as Britain’s Prime Minister was greeted enthusiastically by BBC, as were his political appointees to run BBC, Gavyn Davies as Chairman and Greg Dyke as Director General. ’" The truth, wrote Adams, "is exactly the opposite.

The crew members of the HMS Ark Royal, the flagship of the Royal Navy stationed in the Persian Gulf, became so disgusted with the one-sided anti-war slant of the BBC that they tuned their television sets to Sky News. "The BBC always takes the Iraqis’ side," said one British sailor in the Persian Gulf. In July 2003 a report on BBC Radio 4 quoted an anonymous government official suggesting that the Blair government had "sexed up" its dossier on Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction, contrary to the wishes of the intelligence services. An investigation that followed found that the reporter’s charges were inaccurate. The London Telegraph obtained numerous internal BBC memos and emails. "The BBC is no longer relied on in the way it was," admitted Labour member of Parliament Gerald Kaufman, Chair of the Commons Committee on Culture and the Media. "It’s placed itself in a situation where its word isn’t accepted automatically anymore. BBC reporting about the Middle East is usually critical of Israel and sympathetic towards Palestinians.

More thoughts, submitted on an occasional basis by our Guest Blogger: Jack Diamond. Did you know that the British Broadcasting Corporation (the BBC) spends less than half its budget on making programmes for TV and radio? The BBC has an annual budget of £5.1 billion but just £2.4 billion of this goes on making programmes. So where does the rest of the money go? Well, apart from rather a lot of inflated salaries (100 of the top BBC staff earn more than the Prime Minister of the UK), a recent report revealed that £230,000 of licence fee money was spent on tea. Yes, that’s tea, as in the beverage. Plus, every week, and again I’ll repeat that, every week the BBC spends £100,000 on consultants.

These are, apparently, management and public relations consultants. One would have thought that, out of a staff of 16,672 (as at October 2014), there would already be enough managers and public relations people. But no, apparently not. Oh, and there was that £470,300 which was paid to George Entwistle, the former Director General (the boss in other words) who only held the position for 54 days. I’ll have to leave someone else to work out Mr Entwistle’s hourly rate but I bet it comes in substantially above the UK Government’s Minimum Wage. The BBC - that’s the British Broadcasting Corporation (please take note of the emphasis on the word British) - also likes to advertise the fact that it offers news in 27 different languages.

Now, I know we live in a multicultural society here in Britain, but I rather think the BBC should be aiming its broadcasts at people who speak English i.e. the residents of Britain. Why does it feel the need to provide news in Swahili or Uzbek or Urdu or even Gaelic? And I haven’t even mentioned Sinhala (what or where is that?) or Kyrgyz or Vietnamese. I’m just wondering how many people in Uzbekistan or Kyrgyzstan are actually tuning in to this? What’s the BBC’s target market in these countries and, quite honestly, is it worth the time, money and resources?

And, whilst I wouldn’t want to encourage the BBC to offer its news service in any other languages (for surely 27 is enough already), what about our European neighbours in Germany, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Italy, Denmark, Norway etc etc etc? Why offer a service to people in Vietnam and Burma but not those closer to home? Honestly, where’s the logic? Noun: an extravagant trip or celebration, in particular one enjoyed by government officials at public expense. Verb: attend or go on a trip or celebration at public expense. In 2014 the BBC sent 300 staff to Somerset to cover the annual Glastonbury Music Festival in Somerset, UK.

Now, I’m sure you need a fair few people to operate the cameras and do interviews etc, but 300? And then we come to the BBC’s sponsorship of the African Footballer of the Year. An African footballer of the year, fine, why not, but why is the BBC involved? How does an African Footballer of the Year relate to Britain and the British Broadcasting Corporation? Yes, a few of the players nominated for the award play in the English Premiership but many don’t. Surely the whole ethos of the BBC should be that it should be for the benefit of people in Britain. There must be companies in Africa who could be sponsoring this event, after all it is to celebrate an African footballer not a British one. Why is the UK BBC licence fee payer picking up the bill?