Saturday 13 February 2021

BBC watchdog programme 'parked'


Talking about Samira Ahmed...

She sent out a tweet on 8 January that read, "I am very sorry to report that BBC Newswatch has been taken off air this wk & next while BBC News management review the Covid 19 safe working situation in New Broadcasting House. Editor John Neal and I very much pressing to return as soon as possible."

I don't think she was very happy about it. Three days later she tweeted, "I was looking forward to warning you that this BBC Newswatch story contains graphic language. But sadly we're not on air this week."

That was then and this is now, five weeks later. 

There's still been no Newswatch since 18 December last year and there are "No upcoming broadcasts".

I know it's not perfect and barely gets anywhere, but at least it permits a degree of accountancy and we do get to hear viewers' criticisms of the corporation being broadcast on the BBC itself (often very sharp criticisms).

Why is the BBC still 'parking' it?

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