Tuesday 29 April 2014

#breaking BBC News

Thanks to breaking news from the Gruadian, Twitter is ablaze tonight with news about the latest changes at the BBC.

As Sue and myself have our ultra-trendy fingertips ever poised upon on the racing pulse of modern social media, here are our latest twitterings on who's in and who's out at the Beeeeeb...

Oh good, Mark Mardell has been dropped as the BBC's North America editor, #greatnews and #ohdavidpreiser(usa)will be pleased. 

Oh no though, Mark Mardell is going to become the presenter of Radio 4's The World This Weekend instead, #morebiasontheway and #thatstheworldthisweekenddownthecrapperthen. 

What's become of poor Shaun Ley? #thisisshaunley,bbcnews,ulanbator?

Mark Mardell is to be replaced by Jon Sopel, #wtf? and #hic! 

Plus...Gavin Hewitt has been bumped as Europe editor, #shrug.

...and he's been replaced by Katya Adler, #wellatleastshesbetterlooking, #everydaysexism.

Katya used to tread the BBC beat in the Middle East with all the impeccable impartiality we expect from the BBC, #extremelyheavysarcasm


  1. The Listening Project is a perfect BBC product. It is apparently endless. It is incredibly pious and boring; and as far as I can tell the only people interested in listening to it would be the participants who are themselves remarkably unrepresentative of the wider community, but remarkably homogenous in their representation of the BBC's narrow victim based identity politics holier than thou world view. In my house its nearly as guaranteed a leap across the room to switch channels before you chuck the radio through the window as Womans Hour, You and Yours or anything with the ubiquitous David Mitchell.

  2. Apols for the arbitrary thread post selection, but could see no obvious way to share elsewhere.

    You may be interested in the latest published ruminations from the 'Future of the BBC' inquiry. I certainly am, as it seems about the only non-internal game in town when it comes to how the BBC gets to blow billions unaccountably and often with poor adherence to professional competence, accuracy or integrity.

    These latest two snuck out quietly, and that comes as no surprise.

    They are pure transcript, which is great, but long, which is not. One suspects that most involved had as much desire to find the public reading about the discussions as they did them ever being known about.

    I find much to be concerned about. It would be a shame if others equally interested in the progress of free-speech and democracy in a country dominated by a propagandistic policy-changing monopoly backed by absolute powers of censorship and FOI-exclusion did not at least have greater opportunity to see what is said, and done, in their name.



    There is little to suggest that the intention goes beyond working out the most palatable way to ensuring the ongoing funding of the BBC by any means, with so far little interest in what the BBC has, does and intends to do with such amounts in the future.


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