In an excellent article by Charles Moore in the Daily Telegraph, he concludes with this,
The one entity, in short, in which the BBC feels permanently uninterested is the individual citizen.
It is not surprising that the BBC takes him [the individual citizen] for granted, because it can. It takes his money by law, and without his consent, in the form of the licence fee. Until this ends, the BBC will, with the finest impartiality, refuse to tell his story.
I’m grateful to Charles Moore for dissecting the report by Stuart Prebble, ex-BBC, for the BBC Trust on “Breadth of Opinion Reflected in the BBC’s Output”.
I’ve struggled through the report, which is not a model of report construction, being dense and with a poor structure. Stuart Prebble’s conclusion are,
- The BBC is slow to reflect the weight of concern in the wider community about issues arising from immigration.
- The BBC is slow to give appropriate prominence to the growing weight of opinion opposing UK membership of the EU, …
- The BBC’s services of worship, news and analysis produced by its Religion and Ethics team is comprehensive and impressive.
- Many senior people in the BBC are aware of the concern that it draws a higher than average proportion of its key decision makers from a relatively narrow band of social backgrounds and perspectives.
Charles Moore’s analysis is sharper that Stuart Prebble’s, in my opinion.