BBC Technology correspondent visits the ‘start-up nation’

It is an all too rare pleasure to be able to note here BBC reporting on Israel which is accurate, impartial, informative and objective. As we have observed here in the past, reports which do tick those boxes often come from BBC news departments dedicated to specific subjects such as science or technology, where the political stance of journalists is less relevant to the subject matter.

BBC Technology Correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones recently paid a visit to Israel and his February 10th report titled “Next Silicon Valleys: What makes Israel a start-up nation?” currently appears on the Technology and Middle East pages of the BBC News website. The written report also includes filmed items shown on BBC television news.

Cellan Jones technology art

The only inaccuracy requiring correction in Cellan-Jones’ report is the description of Herzliya as a suburb of Tel Aviv: despite its geographical proximity to Tel Aviv, it is in fact a separate city with its own municipality.

The appearance of reports such as this one highlights all the more the sharp contrast between the BBC’s ability to produce good journalism on subject matter not related to the Arab-Israeli conflict and the regrettable way in which political standpoints frequently trump standards of journalism when the subject matter does relate to such issues. 

12 comments on “BBC Technology correspondent visits the ‘start-up nation’

  1. Unfortunately BBC Middle East reports are parroted by their acolytes the Australian Broadcasters ABC and SBS with as little editorial review for factual accuracy or non bias.

    • Perhaps a few responsible Australian residents could start their own ABCWatch and SBSWatch sites to emulate the superb work that BBCWatch does for BBC viewers and listeners.

  2. Biaised reports are related to pressures on Israel and the consequence of lefter eu and obama governments to weaken and possibly destroy Israel and this strategy is due to Israel’s APPEASEMENT policy. This type of policy never worked anywhere and it is difficult tounderstand why Israel sticks to this inefficient,counter productive and insane policy. The response to arab-eu’obama policy should be a OFFENSIVE policy not a defensive one!

  3. It just goes to show that the entire BBC is not overrun by what might at best be termed “arabists”. Rory Cellan-Jones is a good journalist who loves his subject.

  4. It’s good to see that Rory Cellan-Jones is clearly enjoying his interaction with Israel and Israelis and reporting back with such enthusiasm.

    Just a shame that institutionally, the BBC maintains a first is last, context free editorial policy, and employs people like Bowen, Donnison, Plett and others who obviously have their own, personal agendas.

    • Incidentally, Donnison was in Australia covering the last elections. His last ‘report’ on the day that voting took place was to interview 4 ‘separate’ voters. Three of them were going to vote Labour while the fourth was going to vote for Abbot. One of the three though that Abbot was ‘odious’ or something.

      Abbot won of course. Goes to the delusional approach of BBC political reporters.

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