BBC template response to audience complaints about Psagot

Several readers have informed us of responses they have received from the BBC in reply to complaints regarding the fact that the attack in Psagot on October 5th did not receive any coverage from the BBC until four days after the event when two suspects were arrested in Al Bireh.

All those readers received the exact same reply from the BBC News website’s Middle East desk, the body of which reads:

“The attack on Noam Glick was not reported on the BBC News website at the time it happened, due partly to our smaller operation at the weekend when fewer stories are covered. However, we recognise it should have been reported and we subsequently followed it up when arrests were made.”

The term “fewer stories” is difficult to quantify, but at least thirteen new items appeared throughout the day on the BBC News website’s Middle East page on Sunday, October 6th

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Hence, some may be wondering in what way a “smaller operation at the weekend when fewer stories are covered” differs from a “very busy news period“. 

6 comments on “BBC template response to audience complaints about Psagot

  1. The excuse and its threadbare quality show the BBC as either ignorant of what happens in other departments, deliberately blurring unwelcome fact or just too lazy to keep up to date

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  4. Well: if it had been a Palestinian girl killed by an Israeli retaliatory attack on Gaza (and I have have strong reason to believe in Israel’s efforts to avoid civilian casualties) the dear old ‘Beeb’ would soon have been onto it ..

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