If you do a search for the word 'migrants' (or 'migration') on the search-unfriendly BBC website, the resultant list of articles has an 'Editor's Choice' pinned at the top.
It's not, as you might expect, a balanced Q&A-type piece on the subject. No, it's an article called:
It provides an interactive guide, includes a piece (full of pro-immigration voices) entitled Mass migration: Who benefits and why? (by Andrew Walker, BBC World Service economics correspondent), some case studies highlighting positive individual stories, and a closing article called How it's worked out (by Camilla Costa, BBC Brasil) whose opening paragraph describes the "plentiful" stories about "the problems [immigrants] allegedly bring" before adding a "But".
The BBC News website, therefore, has pinned a 'Editor's Choice' looking at the positive benefits of mass migration to the top of its list of search results for 'migrants'.
So what happens if you search using the word 'immigration?' This time three 'Editor's Choice' articles result:
- Q&A: Immigration Bill - a fair enough piece.
- In graphics: Europe's asylum seekers - a piece focusing - as critics of the BBC regularly claim it focuses - on the plight of asylum seekers.
- Has there been a Romanian and Bulgarian influx to the UK? - an article by Mike Sergeant from early last year prematurely downplaying the numbers, giving us the stories (including hard-luck stories) of immigrants, and ending with calls for us to welcome their positive contribution - in other words, a typical BBC immigration piece.
None of this exactly helps the BBC free itself from the well-founded charge that it has a particularly strong pro-immigration bias.