Friday 9 January 2015

A change of heart from the BBC?

There have been some further developments on the BBC's guidance prohibiting representations of Mohammad, the Muslim prophet.

As Sue noted, David Dimbleby 'fessed up to the BBC's official guidelines on last night's Question Time:

However, as Roland Deschain at Biased BBC spotted, earlier in the day the BBC was simply denying there was such a guideline, with Eddie Mair reading out (here at 51:10) a denial that it even existed (following Dan Hodges' mentioning of it earlier in the programme).

Guido Fawkes appears to have extracted a response from the BBC Press Office:

As RD at Biased BBC observes, "Blimey, if it’s been a long-standing position how old must that guidance be then? What was that I said about tying themselves in knots?"

As Question Time was been recorded and then broadcast, both the BBC's News at Ten and Newsnight broadcast images of Mohammad from Charlie Hedbo. The previous day - the day of the attacks - such images had been conspicuous by their absence.

Sometime in the past 24 hours the editorial guideline was removed from the BBC website. If you click on the link now, you get this message:

There seems to have been a degree of panic at the BBC over this.


  1. How many times have we seen the Beeboids lie about this sort of thing, then dissemble when caught out?

  2. A small glimmer of sunlight has got through a chink in the curtains.

    Now they need to sack their pro-Sharia religious editors and produce a programme that sets out the TRUTH about the life of Mohammed, as recorded in the Islamic texts. They won't dare do that.

    1. Nah, there will instead be a renewed push for blasphemy laws to ensure nobody else insults Islam or its prophet. After all, if the French had legally silenced Charlie Hebdo, those people would still be alive today. The media and political class are all about controlling the public, and this is a good time to take advantage of a crisis.

  3. Vaguely apropos, despite many appeals to its better nature, R4 insisted on broadcasting Hilary Mantel's tasteless collection of short stories, "The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher". Mantel and the R4 commissioning editors must have thought it was an achingly clever wheeze, especially if it meant sticking it (even posthumously) to the hated ex-PM.

    But the result was that the title story was actually broadcast on the very day that the death toll in the terrorist outrage in France rose to 17, which just showed up Mantel's shabby little story for the sick fantasy it is.

    I've got to ask those responsible, Hilary Mantel and the BBC: Do you feel proud of yourselves? Well, do you? Will anyone admit that this series should not have been broadcast? Will anyone apologise? Will anyone resign?

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