Hey, BBC, How About You Let Us Hear From Someone From Labour Who Isn’t From The Red Tory Wing? | TheCritique Archives

Michael Meacher: He's not a Red Tory so he doesn't get airtime on the 'impartial' BBC.

Michael Meacher: He’s not a Red Tory so he doesn’t get airtime on the ‘impartial’ BBC.

Here’s Martin Odoni:

Following on from a couple of articles I’ve posted since the Election, I thought I should add that I am getting royally urinated-away (all right, ‘p*ssed off’) with the BBC’s general conduct since that time. Most particularly, with Ed Miliband’s resignation as leader of the Labour Party, there has been an unrelenting tide of questions about who is to succeed him, which is fair enough in itself, but in seeking the answers to it, the BBC only appears to be searching in one very narrow corner.

The Labour members who have had big exposure over the last few days have been the likes of Dan Jarvis, Chuka Umunna, Liz Kendall, Peter Mandelson, Tony Blair, Tristram Hunt, Alan Milburn, and so on. All of them have had high-profile interviews with the BBC, all of them have put forward (suspiciously similar-sounding) arguments for Labour to move to the right of the ground Ed Miliband had campaigned on, and all of them are in the Red Tory/Blue Labour category of the party.

Where, in all this, are the BBC’s interviews with the likes of, say, Michael Meacher or Dennis Skinner, both of whom have argued against a shift further right? You would never know it, judging by the airtime the ‘real’left of the Labour Party is getting. Given its formal duty to be impartial on political and ethical matters, why is the BBC not allowing any real air-time for the other side of this argument?

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6 thoughts on “Hey, BBC, How About You Let Us Hear From Someone From Labour Who Isn’t From The Red Tory Wing? | TheCritique Archives

  1. Joan Edington

    I wonder if the tide may turn. After John Whittingdale’s appointment, BBC News actually ran an article about “The NHS and what they’re not telling you” today.

  2. fathomie

    The BBC’s news and politics team is run by Tories. The News Editor in chief, James Harding is a former Times editor and known Tory supporter. The head of BBC politics Nick Robinson is a former senior Young Conservative and Thatcherite. The chief interviewer, Andrew Marr is a self confessed Tory supporter. The presenter of the Politics show is Andrew Neil, another Ex Murdoch man, and rabid Thatcherite. Last, and least the makeup of Question Times ‘team’ has now two Tory supporters in it one of whom was widely criticised (Kay Burley) for her behaviour during the election debates.

    How Ironic then that the newspapers are trumpeting that the Tories are going to get tough with the ‘left wing’ BBC. What they really mean is, it isn’t sycophantic enough for Tory tastes.

    1. Ian

      I reckon the Tories might just be making threatening noises to keep the BBC in line. About time the the Tories at the Beeb were sacked, though. Maybe a campaign on 38 Degrees would be a start

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