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Posts Tagged ‘UK Media’

What is going on in the BBC’s Little Britain?

Gerry Hassan

Open Democracy, May 25th 2011

Britain has been undergoing dramatic change in these last few weeks. The Scottish Parliament elections, and the arrival of the first ever majority SNP Government following its landslide victory, has been a story of international reach and consequences covered the world over. Strange then that our British media have struggled to address these circumstances other than by caricature or silence.

The BBC in particular has not had a good post-election time. The ‘Today’ programme has had Alex Salmond on a couple of times, and ran a number of serious items, but the rest of the BBC has not fared so well. ‘Newsnight UK’s’ one foray north of the border involved a hackneyed, cliché ridden piece on independence by Jackie Long which unsurprisingly found a northern land committed to a simplistic, jokey separatism (1). And then there is the strange case of BBC’s ‘Question Time’.

Now BBC ‘Question Time’ is still, despite all the media changes and transformation of how current affairs is presented in the media, one of the BBC’s flagship current affairs programmes. It is placed, schedule-wise and in feel, to gain a large mainstream audience. It has a Dimbleby front it that tells us it is important, or thinks it is. And it is on a Thursday night followed by that other BBC secret weapon – Michael Portillo – who, even without Diane Abbott, is seen to pack a punch! Read the rest of this entry »

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