Saturday, 5 September 2015

BBC Broadcasts Propaganda, Violates Contract - says OFCOM

Nobody fainting with surprise in this household - but the surprising thing is that OfCom has actually acknowledged it.
Well, well, well.
Dear old Beeb caught taking massive sums of foreign money to broadcast deliberately slanted programmes in advance of vital elections or referenda...
Who'd-ha thought it, eh?
Next thing you'll be telling me that Channel 4 is biased!

BBC News repeatedly broke the Ofcom code by broadcasting material deemed to be propaganda.

The broadcaster allowed programmes to be funded by foreign governments, charities and NGOs – leading to massive conflicts of interest and a loss of editorial control over their BBC news output.

An Ofcom investigation has revealed that 50 breaches of its broadcasting code were made by CNN, CNBC, and the BBC following a four-year inquiry into the global news channels.

As The Independent notes, news films and documentaries were acquired for nominal fees and the identity of the funders not disclosed to the audience – in what has been dubbed a “£1 programme scandal”.
This means that the BBC’s impartiality, a core requirement of their editorial guidelines for all factual output, was compromised when it acquired hundreds of low-cost or free programmes submitted to them by organisations such as the UN, the Indonesian ministry of trade, and a Cambodian casino.

Ofcom found that the this practise risked the editorial control and independence of the BBC, and has now ordered an industry-wide meeting to address the issues raised in its investigation.

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