John Whittingdale: BBC to lose power to address claims of political bias

This goon will probably make sure any allegation of political bias in the BBC is judged by a Conservative (think about it…).

John Whittingdale, the UK culture secretary, has confirmed that the BBC will be stripped of its power to adjudicate on allegations of political bias in its coverage.

Speaking at the Conservative party conference in Manchester, he said the public should have confidence that complaints are examined independently and carefully. He said it must no longer be the case “that if you make a complaint against the BBC, the decision on whether it is justified is taken by the BBC”.

Whittingdale first signalled such a move in an interview with the Telegraph in June, in which he said he wanted to think about the way questions of impartiality were judged by the BBC Trust.

He then gave a further hint at the Edinburgh International Television Festival in August that Ofcom could take on the role of regulating the BBC’s impartiality, although he stressed that he was still considering the matter.

Source: John Whittingdale: BBC to lose power to address claims of political bias | Media | The Guardian

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5 thoughts on “John Whittingdale: BBC to lose power to address claims of political bias

  1. Neilth

    It’s crucial for the Tories to control the means of communication. If not they risk people finding out the truths they don’t want to get out. Keeping the electorate in ignorance is the way to retain power.

    Machiavelli recognised that it is legitimate that The Prince (this government) should use any means to maintain power. Clearly required reading in the modern day Tory Party.

  2. Mike Snell

    Neilth it’s vital that as the national broadcaster the BBC should be seen to be impartial.
    Right now the corporation is so dominated by left-wing opinion that every report and interview it conducts is tainted by its own biased agenda.
    It would be equally unacceptable for the tories to gain control of the vetting process, but really independent adjudication is essential if the BBC is to regain the credibility that its producers, interviewers and reporters have so unashamedly flushed down the toilet.

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      Dominated by LEFT-wing opinion?
      Are you sure you’re watching the BBC?
      The Corporation’s news reporters are practically falling over themselves, fawning to their Tory bosses.
      I find it incredible that anybody would come to the conclusion that an organisation whose newsgathering department is so dominated by Tories would – independently – conclude that it is putting out LEFT-wing material. Who told you it was?

  3. Barry Davies

    The BBC which gets some of its funding from us via the eu is inherently biased towards that body as well as the government, the idea that it presently is not biased is risible.

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