BBC Did Not Reflect Public View on Immigration Because of ‘Deep Liberal Bias’, Says Review

Rowena Mason, Telegraph (London), July 3, 2013

The report, commissioned by the BBC Trust, found the broadcaster had been “slow” to catch up with public opinion on immigration and leaving the European Union.

Stuart Prebble, a former ITV television executive, said the BBC had probably been too swayed by the views of politicians, who were also reluctant to discuss immigration for fear of causing offence.

It said Helen Boaden, the former director of BBC News, “accepts that when she came into her role in September 2004 there had been a problem in the BBC’s coverage of immigration. She was aware, she told us, of a ‘deep liberal bias’ in the way that the BBC approached the topic”.

The review also heard evidence that the BBC is hamstrung by a “fundamental niceness” and reluctance to give offence.

“The BBC was slow to reflect the weight of concern in the wider community about issues arising from immigration. It remains the case that the agenda of debate is probably too driven by the views of politicians.

“However, overall the breadth of opinion reflected by the BBC on this subject is broad and impressive, and no persuasive evidence was found that significant areas of opinion are not given due weight today.”

It also said the BBC was “slow to give appropriate prominence to the growing weight of opinion opposing UK membership of the EU, but in more recent times has achieved a better balance”.

The review also identified problems with so many BBC journalists working in a big building and reinforcing each other’s prejudices.

“A large group of people working together are in danger of becoming more homogenous in their thinking, not less, and so less able to see when the output reflects a narrow outlook,” he said.

The BBC Trust said it takes seriously the challenge of being “constantly alert to changing public opinion”.

David Liddiment, BBC Trust member, said: “We deliberately chose some complex and controversial subject areas for the review in immigration, religion, and the EU, and our generally positive findings are testament to programme-makers across the corporationIt is clear that there is more to do and we will look to the executive to deliver on this.”

A spokesman for the BBC said: “We are pleased our coverage has been deemed ‘remarkable’ and ‘impressive’.”

“Stuart Prebble has concluded, overall, that our coverage of immigration is ‘broad and impressive’, that on the EU we offer ‘a wide and comprehensive range of information and viewpoints’ and that the BBC’s coverage of religion is ‘comprehensive and impressive.’ He also states that the overwhelming number of journalists within the BBC leave their personal politics at home.

“However the report provides some interesting insights. We agree it is always vital to guard against unconscious bias or ‘group think’ and will continue to do so and we’ve committed to a number of actions to improve our coverage even further.”

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  • Spartacus

    “Stuart Prebble has concluded, overall, that our coverage of immigration
    is ‘broad and impressive’, that on the EU we offer ‘a wide and
    comprehensive range of information and viewpoints’ and that the BBC’s
    coverage of religion is ‘comprehensive and impressive.’ He also states
    that the overwhelming number of journalists within the BBC leave their
    personal politics at home.”

    ———————————————————————————————————————

    Did they cover Charlene Downes’ case ? If not, then this^ is just bull**** and nothing else. There’s nothing more disgusting than the western European MSM, not even the American one.

    • The__Bobster

      He also states that the overwhelming number of journalists within the BBC leave their
      personal politics at home.”
      _________

      Then they must have them mailed in, because every BBC broadcast seems to harp on the global warming hoax.

      • Spartacus

        I think he meant to say “leave their brains at home”. Would be more accurate…

      • WR_the_realist

        Global warming is not a hoax. The bad news for conservatives is that it is real. The bad news for liberals is that fixing it will cost way more money than anybody has, and that overpopulating their countries through mass immigration will only make it harder to deal with.

  • Puggg

    They weren’t slow to catch up, they don’t want to catch up, because they’re on the other side.

  • bigone4u

    The BBC is just the Ministry of Propaganda. In the US, the Ministry of Propaganda has three branches, ABC, CBS, and NBC. Oh, and minor branches too, such as the Huffingtonpost.

    • Bantu_Education

      Orwell’s “Ministry of Truth”.

  • borogirl54

    The British, like most politically correct societies, go out of their way not to offend Muslims but have no problems offending whites.

    • Romulus

      Some in England will view the denigration of the WASPS as payback by the Britons. In any case, England is barely the size of new Jersey more or less. It IS going to implode spectacularly in the very near future. The suspense is killing me. I would rather see Europe burn to the ground than be rub over by brown trash. The greatest warriors in all human history used to reside there. Better to go out fighting than down on your knees.

      • BellaCosa

        Agree, but England is not “barely the size of New Jersey”.

        • Romulus

          The description was merely for illustration. Scotland and England together are approx. A little under a million sq. Miles. So you see my point. By comparison the U. S. Is the fourth largest country on earth. Problems are easier too see when your “backyard” is relatively small.

          • BellaCosa

            Gotcha.

          • Romulus

            Touche’ pussycat ( an old tom and Jerry reference)

  • ncpride

    I’m pretty sure most Brits would refer to this article as ‘RUBBISH’…

    • Romulus

      Right on sister! DEO VINDICE!!

  • E_Pluribus_Pluribus

    Notable candor from one Helen Boaden:

    “Helen Boaden, the former director of BBC News, ‘accepts that when she
    came into her role in September 2004 there had been a problem in the
    BBC’s coverage of immigration. She was aware . . . of a ‘deep
    liberal bias’ in the way that the BBC approached the topic”.

  • Pelagian

    I am sure the BBC can manage to get nasty with righties.

    However, I would not differ with this as a description of the Anglo-Saxon temperament. The temperament that, e.g. gets them gay marriage with zero resistance rather than the French who put up a kick.

    • Spartacus

      THE WRATH OF THE AWAKENED SAXON
      by
      Rudyard Kipling

      It was not part of their blood,
      It came to
      them very late,
      With long arrears to make good,
      When the Saxon began to
      hate.

      They were not easily moved,
      They were icy — willing to
      wait
      Till every count should be proved,
      Ere the Saxon began to
      hate.

      Their voices were even and low.
      Their eyes were level and
      straight.
      There was neither sign nor show
      When the Saxon began to
      hate.

      It was not preached to the crowd.
      It was not taught by the
      state.
      No man spoke it aloud
      When the Saxon began to hate.

      It was
      not suddently bred.
      It will not swiftly abate.
      Through the chilled years
      ahead,
      When Time shall count from the date
      That the Saxon began to
      hate.

      • Romulus

        Dreams of Deutchland!!

        • Spartacus

          *Deutschland

          • Romulus

            Ja, Danke mein herr!

          • Spartacus

            Bitte.

  • WR_the_realist

    The BBC’s “fundamental niceness”? They were so very, very nice to Nick Griffin. While the BBC may not be as openly socialist as The Guardian, it is certainly no surprise to anyone on the planet that it has a left wing, pro diversity, pro mass immigration bias.

    • Romulus

      The brits are suffering from the loss of their empire(mainly US) and a huge hangover of the hippie/ socialist musician John Lennon. He was indeed a great musician but selling your nations soul down the road for some BS hippie pipe dream( pun intended) was insane.

      • WR_the_realist

        I really don’t think the hippies had much to do with this. They were mainly interesting in ending the Vietnam war, trying out some interesting drugs, getting laid, and listening to Janis Joplin or Jefferson Airplane. The hippie phenomenon occurred in the last decade when America was unequivocally still a white nation. Scarcely anyone at the time was aware of the lurking horror to be unleashed by the 1965 immigration act. The disease of political correctness came later. Yes, it was also the decade of the civil rights movement. But at the time people just thought that meant that blacks would be treated the same way as whites. They didn’t realize that Nixon would start a program of anti-white discrimination that would last for decades, and that whites would forever be blamed for the failures of blacks. And to be sure, most whites from areas that didn’t have a lot of blacks naively thought that blacks would do much better than they did, and didn’t have the direct experience that Southerners had that explained why they didn’t want their children in majority black schools.

        • Romulus

          I use the term in the macroperspective. The hippies being a few rungs down the ladder of the left. Think of a pyramid with the word “left” at the pinnacle. Perhaps, under that would be commie/socialist, then hippie, then granola eating tree hugger,etc. You can fill in the tiers in any hierarchy. It isn’t an understatement the amount of pop cultural influence that Lennon(Lenin) had in America.

  • The__Bobster

    However the report provides some interesting insights. We agree it is always vital to guard against unconscious bias or ‘group think’ and will continue to do so and we’ve committed to a number of actions to improve our coverage even further.”
    ___________
    LMAO at libtards who think they are open-minded. I watch BBC America and it’s more leftist than PBS. It’s still not as bad as PMSNBC though.

  • The__Bobster

    Stuart Prebble, a former ITV television executive, said the BBC had probably been too swayed by the views of politicians, who were also reluctant to discuss immigration for fear of causing offence.
    ___________

    Those Quisling politicians didn’t want to discuss immigration until immigration had destroyed the nation.

  • Chris Granzow XI

    A spokesman for the BBC said: “We are pleased our coverage has been deemed ‘remarkable’ and ‘impressive’.”
    ________________________

    Wtf. Isn’t this whole article a testament to the opposite.

    • Spartacus

      When you argue logically with a marxist, everyone loses.

  • AngloCelt

    “The review also heard evidence that the BBC is hamstrung by a “fundamental niceness” and reluctance to give offence.”

    Apparently that handicap didn’t extend to BBC personnel when interviewing, or reporting on anything relevant to, white, Christian Britons. Blair admitted the Labour Party opened up the door to mass immigration to Britain to “rub the right’s noses in it” and to fundamentally transform the UK (for the worst). The BBC is the propaganda arm of that effort – the Pravda of British progressivism.

  • On Radio 4 yesterday, during my commute home, I heard a BBC spokesman deny that there really was a liberal bias amongst the staff, and if it was true, he said, it would not be a concern – as long as what was put out on air was seen to be more balanced.

    They described their measures to solve this ‘disconnect from the public’ as including more fuding for ‘regional BBC services’ – such as local radio stations – so that they can hear and show more of ‘what matters to real people in their communities’.

    To anybody with half a brain-cell, this is not remotely an answer. For what culture and what kinds of attitudes are aired on these regional BBC services? The very same ones as the national body which is under scrutiny.

    A typical evasion, designed to sucker the more gullible listeners that everything is fine.

  • MartelC

    reluctance to give offense? HA! on a regular bases they spit on the british people. This has NOTHING to do with ‘fear’ of giving offense to immigrants or anyone else – it has to do with an elite who will penalize (and the UK literally, you can go to jail for criticizing immigration policies the ‘wrong’ way) anyone who disagrees with their agenda. Most at the BBC agree with the agenda which is why they were hired in the first place. as for small percentage who don’t , they will lose their jobs if they express the ‘wrong’ opinions.

    Welcome to the marxist state.

    • Spartacus

      I think you mean Judeo-Marxist state. Remember your prime-minister is a jew, and so is the leader of the main opposition party, and many other important elements of the British establishment.

  • Hunter Morrow

    The B’Nai B’rith Corporation is jew-ran so what did you expect?

  • Paleoconn

    To say that the BBC has a liberal bias is akin to saying Stalin was unkind to some people.