Friday, August 18, 2006

Orla - a reply of sorts from the BBC

Biased BBC commenter Oscar has received the following email (added emphasis mine):
Thank you for your e-mail regarding BBC News.

I understand that you feel the reports, in particular Orla Guerin's reports, are bias (sic) in favour of Hezbollah.

The BBC is committed to coverage of events in the Middle East which is scrupulously impartial, fair, accurate, balanced, independent and covers a wide range of opinion. The BBC does not appoint any reporter or correspondent unless they have the experience and knowledge required. Correspondents such as Orla Guerin have a wealth of experience in broadcasting and have a thorough knowledge of the subject area to which they are reporting. Orla Guerin is working in the most difficult and dangerous of circumstances but, like all BBC correspondents, she will continue to provide coverage which is both balanced and wide-ranging.

Nevertheless, I appreciate that you feel this is not the case and I can assure you that your comments have, consequently, been fully registered on our daily logs. This is an internal document which will be made available to the relevant news departments, along with senior BBC management.

You may wish to visit the BBC News website for full details of events in the Middle East:

I hope that you will continue to use the BBC as a source of your information on the conflict and may I thank you, once again, for taking the time to contact us with the strength of your views.


Amy Bennet
BBC Information
Not good enough. We already know that Guerin’s Bint Jbeil report caused a stir in editorial meetings. This reply is little better than the sort of thing one expects from an on-message politican responding to questions from a sneering BBC news anchor. The difference is - we can vote out our politicians.


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