Welcome to BBC Watch

BBC Watch is a sister project of CiF Watch (founded in 2009 to monitor the Guardian’s ‘Comment is Free’ website) with the independent support of CAMERA (the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America). 

Its aim is to monitor BBC output on the subject of Israel with the object of ensuring adherence to the BBC’s own editorial guidelines and its legal obligation to provide accurate and impartial news, information and analysis to its funding public.  

The BBC is the largest broadcasting organisation in the world today and also one of the most influential. However, the BBC’s coverage of the Arab-Israeli conflict has long been a source of frustration to many, with severe criticism of its standards of accuracy and impartiality being voiced.

When the BBC fails to meet standards of accuracy and impartiality, it matters not only because of the effect this has on public opinion in the UK and worldwide, but also because the BBC is in fact neglecting its duty to increase the understanding of the people who fund it. As the former Chairman of the BBC Trust, Sir Michael Lyons, once wrote:

“The day the BBC accepts reporting that is mostly true is the day we no longer deserve the licence fee.” 

The BBC Watch website includes background information on the BBC itself and its editors, on the editorial standards to which it aspires and on existing reports about, and critiques of, BBC content. It also provides information to the general public about the different ways of getting involved and on complaints procedures

Our regularly updated blog page will examine BBC output and provide complimentary information.  

We welcome public participation in alerting us to BBC errors or distortions. Please contact us at contactus@bbcwatch.org.

In the meantime, feel free to check out the different areas of the website and follow us on Twitter at @bbcwatch and like us on Facebook.

11 comments on “Welcome to BBC Watch

  1. Good luck BBC Watch! If you could increase the pressure on the Beeb to release the Balen Report, that would be a great start!

  2. I’d be interested to learn if you have notified the BBC of your existence. I’m sure they’ll have picked it up across the internet but have you deliberately made contact with anyone ‘over there’?

  3. We need to all realize that Israel is “LEGALLY” bound by the UN to recognize that the murder of its Jews is 100% Kosher. There’s nothing to whine about to the BBC or anyone else. All the pro-Israel contingent needs to just accept reality. It is as it is. See below to find why the BBC and all its FreeGaza Nazis and fans are in the right about Jew murdering being Halal. We cannot expect them to EVER stand up against what is ENSHRINED in “International Law”. Jews, accept your fate! The world has spoken (nearly 35 years ago)….

    United Nations General Assembly Resolution A/RES/33/24 of 29 November 1978:

    “2. Reaffirms the legitimacy of the struggle of peoples for independence, territorial integrity, national unity and liberation from colonial and foreign domination and foreign occupation by all available means, particularly armed struggle;” (3)

    General Assembly Resolution A/RES/3246 (XXIX) of 29 November 1974:

    3. Reaffirms the legitimacy of the peoples’ struggle for liberation form colonial and foreign domination and alien subjugation by all available means, including armed struggle; …
    7. Strongly condemns all Governments which do not recognize the right to self-determination and independence of peoples under colonial and foreign domination and alien subjugation, notably the peoples of Africa and the Palestinian people; (4)

  4. Good luck. You’ll need it as the BBC will fight tooth and nail (along with its very powerful friends) to defend its agenda and castigate Israel for daring to defend itself.

  5. Excellent news! I’m delighted to see that BBC Watch has taken off! It’s a vitally necessary resource. I wish you, Hadar, the best of luck, both for your own (professional) sake and for the sake of all of us Israel-supporters.

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