I thought I'd test tonight's PM on Radio 4 in the light of recent events.
It was typically BBC.
It was typically BBC.
Here's its introduction:
Presenter: In Sri Lanka the government says it's likely foreign terrorist organisations were behind yesterday's wave of bombings that killed 290 people. Nick Beake in Colombo brings us the latest:Nick Beake, BBC: These attacks have stunned Sri Lanka. The scale of the murder, the planning involved and the sense of fear people now feel. They've also exposed a dysfunctional government and a factional intelligence community where key warnings were seemingly suppressed.
"Foreign terrorist organisations" that killed "people", eh? The language is typically unspecific.
And then it was on to 'climate change', giving primacy to the views of hardline protestors (as the BBC wouldn't put it):
Presenter: As climate change protestors discuss their next move we ask how much of this is driven by the younger generation.Young, female climate change protestor: I just think it's got to a point where young people see so many big issues that really have a threat to our future that actually they're now starting to be really quite public with their demands to be listened to.
And everyone's favourite BBC foreign correspondent and ray of sunshine Orla Guerin (the thinking man's Fergal Keane) was on hand to give us the (
BBC) views of those opposed to Libya's dashing knight in military dictator's uniform Field Marshal Haftar:
Presenter: Orla Guerin provides us with a special report from the frontline of the fighting in Libya:Libyan female, opposed to Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar: He's just going to be another Muammar Gaddafi. He's going to kill. He's going to take people's properties. And people are not going to live safely.
Oh, and as Sir Boaty and that young, female climate change protestor would doubtless approve, that Radio 4 introduction ended with a touch of climate change-emphasising frippery:
Agenda? What agenda? (as someone once said).Presenter: And as this is declared the hottest Easter Monday on record across the UK we bring you the sounds of the bank holiday from around the country.