BBC London accused of toning down ‘cuts’ news


5:59 pm - March 8th 2011

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The Guardian reports:

A row has broken out between the BBC and the Labour party over the corporation’s use of the word “savings” to describe what senior Labour officials insists are government cuts.

The disagreement reflects growing unease amongst opposition figures over the way the BBC is reporting the coalition’s spending cuts. Labour sources claim the corporation is caving in to government pressure to tone down its coverage.

Labour lodged a complaint after BBC London News ran a report last night about NHS cuts in a bulletin broadcast after the 10 O’Clock News on BBC1.

Officials are angry the item mentioned NHS budget “savings” around half a dozen times, while a graphic illustrating the piece also referred to “savings”.

The article mentions says “it is understood” there have been discussions within BBC London News about the right way to describe the government’s cuts, but does not reference Liberal Conspiracy, which first broke this story.

This is what I reported last week:

In particular, BBC London journalists have been told by senior management that they should use ‘savings’ as much as possible for on-screen graphics and the big plasma (the screen which sits behind the presenter).

Staff were told by senior management that ‘cuts’ made the news coverage appear too negative.

I specifically mentioned BBC London news and the focus on on-screen graphics.

It’s amusing that BBC editors keep refusing point-blank to admit that this is going on. I’ll have more on this soon.

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1. Brian Routh

This says it all http://vimeo.com/20715539

Make the media take notice ‘there is an alternative’…

http://haringeygreens.blogspot.com/2011/03/support-tuc-demonstration-26th-march.html

In this 15th March BBC Online briefing on NHS shake up the word cuts is not used once; it is all “saving” or “savings”.

In this 15th March BBC Online briefing on NHS shake up the word cuts is not used once; it is all “saving” or “savings”.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-12750695


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