How the BBC ignored yesterday’s big news


8:21 am - February 29th 2012

by Sunny Hundal    


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This, from yesterday (via @glinner)

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And no negligible mention on the main BBC bulletins too. It was briefly covered on the 10pm news.

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Not a single newspaper carried the story the on their front page this morning. The Sun’s gone for a story about a girl who eats sponges.

No, really.

She wasn’t lent a horse – she ‘fostered’ it.

I thought I was listening to a spoof news report from the ‘now show’ when the BBC started broadcasting that line. But no – that is the BBC’s very own spin on it.

Weird isn’t it?

To me the biggest news was the murder investigation one, that is actually massive.

Yet all news organisations looked at the utter trivia that was the Horse.

I’m hoping against hope that the CPS has told news orgs to play it down as they are trying to restart the investigation (and too large press attention was one of the reasons the last trial collapsed).

Otherwise it just seems craven.

Not a single newspaper carried the story the on their front page this morning. The Sun’s gone for a story about a girl who eats sponges.

What kind of sponges?

Chocolate? Victoria? Bath?

Both items got significant coverage on Radio 4’s PM Programme.

6. the a&e charge nurse

[4] don’t be silly, pagar – the scum only deals in one type of sponge – the sort who has 12 kids and lives in a council house.

I had a horse on loan from a riding stable over the winter when I was a teenager because they close and can’t afford to keep them all year round if not ridden – its very common practice and is doing a favour to the owner because the person loaned the horse pays for everything like food, stabling, equipment and they spend time caring for it. I understand why people are getting upset because to someone to isn’t familiar with this system would think it looks like a favour by the police. It’s not though and I think this is being blown out of proportion. If she hadn’t taken on the retired police horse it may have been destroyed, that would be awful, or it would’ve wasted public money caring for a retired horse that could no longer work.

Let’s focus on the real concerns about this sorry state of affairs with press criminal behavior.

Well I’m glad it wasn’t just me who noticed that (think thousands). Even by the standards of current BBC management the whole coverage of Leveson has been pretty poor, but the downplaying of yesterday’s revelations was extraordinary.

Maybe it’s because the definition of ‘news’ is now reduced to Westminster bubble gossip – hence the concentration on the horse rather than the botched (at best) murder investigation. Alternatively the media may scared of the power of the Met and still cautious of criticising individual officers (maybe a fear left over from the numerous Police Federation actions of libel in the 80s and 90s).

Of course the worries could also be about future lack of cooperation. In any case these sort of long standing pressures have meant that a lot of what goes on has been beyond scrutiny and usually beyond the law. There still seems to be a lot of vested interest determined to keep it that way

@Al__S #1:

Not a single newspaper carried the story the on their front page this morning.

…although the Indy trailed it on the front page and had a quarter page story on their first page of coverage of Leveson.

I agree that this, if stood up, is the story from Leveson.

They also said of NHS cuts that ‘many doctors oppose the changes.’ or words to that effect, but definitely said many. 90% of doctors/colleges/health care professionals isn’t many. It’s most.

Pa xmans contrasting interviews of tory gand Labour health spokesman was dire. Talk about free ride for Lansley. Nice softballs lobbed up with no interference.. labour guy was interrupted all the time. Pathetic Paxman.

Makes a change from ignoring right-wing news items.

13. Albert Spangler

I bet this is the BBC covering their own back. They don’t want to be accused of being partisan by the usual whinging suspects or by Murdoch et al, so the best way to keep up the appearance of neutrality on a controversial subject – (the way society informs itself) is to completely ignore it.

That way, when the inevitable enlightened individual decides that the insidious left wing plot against criminal undemocratic dictatorial distraction networks, er, ahem, I mean “free press” by the Stalinist BBC is responsible for their downfall, they can wave their hands in the air and say “It wasn’t us! Look! We didn’t cover any part of it!”.

It’s a sad time indeed when a well respected public broadcaster ignores stories for fear of the wrath of the trolls..


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