Wednesday, August 16, 2006

BBC's Arabic TV

From the Scotsman:
THE BBC's £19-million-a-year Arabic TV service will launch next autumn with a mission to challenge the dominance of al-Jazeera.

The corporation has begun recruiting senior staff for the operation which will broadcast free 12 hours a day to anyone with satellite or cable TV connection.

Salah Negm, news editor for BBC Arabic Television, said: "We're aiming to be fast, modern in style and outlook; strong on analysis with a wide international perspective.

"It will maintain the BBC values of accuracy, editorial independence, impartiality, while balancing a wide diversity of views."
Will Orla be reporting for it?

14 Comments:

Anonymous La Boheme said...

"It will maintain the BBC values of accuracy, editorial independence, impartiality, while balancing a wide diversity of views."

They really are deluded aren't they...

1:28 pm  
Blogger AnyonebutBlair said...

Aha, here you have it. As Deep Throat said in the Watergate scandal to Bernstein and Woodward "Follow the money". So the BBC presents highly biased commentary and reporting masquerading as news. It stick closely to a Gruniad-like line, anti-israel, anti-american and pro-palestinian, pro-islamonutter. Now Al-BBC is to launch an Arabic TV service to compete with that beacon of moderation and even-handedness Al-Jazeera. Go figure. On a separate note, they don't really need a separate Arabic TV service, why not just use BBC News as it closely resembles Al-Jazeera

1:31 pm  
Blogger Malcolm said...

Last year I worked in Athens and was annoyed when I read in the English language newspaper Kathimerina -- http://www.ekathimerini.com/
that the BBC are stopping their Greek language service.
But I was even more annoyed when I read the cuts and cancellations were to make more money available for a new Arabic channel.
Thankyou BBC for shitting on the countries that have looked to Britain as a beacon of freedom and reliable news.

1:54 pm  
Anonymous Verity said...

It will maintain the BBC values of accuracy, editorial independence, impartiality,

Is that a threat?

2:38 pm  
Anonymous Mick in Brum said...

"THE BBC's £19-million-a-year Arabic TV service will launch next autumn with a mission to challenge the dominance of al-Jazeera"

Are we supposed to infer from this that the "...mission to challenge...." was handed to the BBC by (presumably) the government?

Given the corporation's enthusiasm for self-inflicted mission creep, perhaps they should spell out precisely who gave them the mission, and who defines what the terms of the mission are.

4:07 pm  
Anonymous Verity said...

mick in brum - good point.

Also, there is absolutely no reason at all for the BBC to set up in competition with Al-Jazeera. Al-Jazeera is actually rather good and maintains a more neutral stance in its reportage than does the vile Beeb. If I want accurate reportage on the ME, I go to Al-Jazeera.

4:50 pm  
Anonymous rog said...

Why is my TV tax money being used for this?

What benefit is it to me?

5:35 pm  
Blogger Charles Martel said...

"THE BBC's £19-million-a-year Arabic TV service will launch next autumn with a mission to challenge the dominance of al-Jazeera."

why?

the BBC has forgotten what the first "B" in its name stands for.

*sigh*

be honest -which would you rather , and which is more part of British culture/heritage:
Cornish or Arabic?

Scots Gaelic or Arabic?

Old English or Arabic?

heck, what about

Latin OR Arabic?

5:41 pm  
Blogger AntiCitizenOne said...

Is there any better example of what is wrong with the UK than the BBC?

The license fee MUST be abolished ASAP.

6:31 pm  
Anonymous Clematis Fraudster said...

Is this new station being funded by public money?

If so, how can the corporation justify such a spend?

If this money is coming from the BBC's commercial activities, it is not unreasonable to ask why this revenue is not being used for projects closer to home (i.e. decent programmes).

Or perhaps this money - and any other loose cash the corp has trousered - could be used to reduce the licence-fee (not that I pay it anyway).

6:33 pm  
Anonymous La Boheme said...

Clematis Fraudster - agree with what you say but wonder who pays for your licence? All very well boasting that you don't pay it, but aren't you the equivalent of a fare dodger on Southern Rail?

Whatever the pros and cons are of a public broadcasting medium we are all supposed to pay for it. Maybe the licence fee wouldn't be so high if we didn't have to supplement people like you who don't pay.

I just think that the points you have made are valid and then invalidated by your final comment.

11:15 pm  
Anonymous Verity said...

"Maybe the licence fee wouldn't be so high if we didn't have to supplement people like you who don't pay."

Or if the BBC didn't pay Jonathan Ross £14m a year?

11:25 pm  
Anonymous La Boheme said...

Quite.

Or any numerous others.

However, Verity, as a UK based citizen I DO pay the bloody licence-fee (worth it for Bleak House alone - late last year) and am pissed off with having to supplement people who use/emjoy the service whilst crowing that they don't pay for it.

12:19 am  
Anonymous heba said...

any one can go and review al jazeera mission

i dont think they create a news station to challenge and compete the bbc or any foreign media agency


why bbc put it self in this situation
is that the value which bbc seek to provide to uk???

10:52 pm  

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