The BBC shows it can get it right

(צילום: EPA)

Photo: EPA Locusts in the Negev

Credit where credit is due: the BBC recently had three reports about Israel up on its BBC News website which manage to relate to their subject matter in an impartial and accurate manner. 

One is a short filmed report about the swarms of locusts currently blighting the crops of farmers in southern Israel. Another is an article appearing in the website’s Travel section about differing kinds of tourist accommodation available on Israeli kibbutzim and the third is a report by the BBC Jerusalem Bureau’s Yolande Knell on the newly available ‘Dog TV’ channel, which comes in both filmed and written versions. 

Now of course none of these reports relates to ‘the conflict’, and so in these cases the BBC apparently does not feel the need to go beyond reporting news, but also to shape audience perception of it. But nevertheless these reports indicate that the BBC can report on Israel in a professional manner when it chooses to do so. 

17 comments on “The BBC shows it can get it right

  1. Hip hip hooray! for BBC. Got it right for a change however trivial. At one time, folks read two or three newspapers each day for assorted opinions. These days, if you read only one marginally honest paper, you can make no claim to intellectual honesty. Oh yes, IF you read any paper at all.

  2. Yes, it’s possible to occasionally find balance and professionalism among BBC hacks reporting on the Israeli-Arab conflict and other issues.

    There are a couple of people who do a fair job on the Newshour team. It appears the presenters of that programme have a geat deal of leeway in terms of what they report on and how they report it. I say this because I’m fairly confident whenever two people in particular are presenting Newshour it will be balanced and informative.

    I’m reluctant to name them because if it becomes too widely known that they are not pumping out propaganda and staying faithful to the BBC’s one-sided agenda, as required of them, that could endanger their careers at the BBC.

  3. “The BBC shows it can get it right” on Israeli locusts, maybe, but not on the British locust child rapist, the BBC’s late Sir Jimmy Savile, employed from 1958-2011.

    “The earliest known complaint was in 1963. HM Inspector of Constabulary Drusilla Sharpling said she was “shocked” by the extent of his crimes.

    Sir Peter Fahy, of Greater Manchester Police, warned weaknesses in the system meant such failings could happen again,” says a BBC report published yesterday.

    This means that not only did the police know about his activities in 1963, but so did the BBC. Fifty years seems an excessive time before reporting that complaint to television-taxpayers or doing anything at all about him.

  4. It’s nice of you to try and say something positive about the BBC, but should we really be so grateful to them about a not-anti-Israel locust report?
    I promise to acclaim them mightily when they produce their first completely fair report about the I/P problem. Not before.

  5. Thiswas featured quite prominently in the news the other day.

    I couldn’t help wondering if the BDS people would be boycotting it when it becomes available.

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