The BBC tends to reproduce a Conservative, Eurosceptic, pro-business version of the world, not a left-wing, anti-business agenda.
Sound like Professor John Robertson? I’m afraid not. In this case it’s Cardiff University Lecturer Mike Berry of the School of Journalism, yet another academic who has studied BBC output and found a bias. http://www.newstatesman.com/broadcast/2013/08/hard-evidence-how-biased-bbc
It doesn’t mean it’s a deliberative and/or political bias but it does demonstrate yet again that without constant internal monitoring of output, work practices, assumptions, attitudes and prejudices of staff, the BBC like all organisations, can distort the information it delivers.
The research was systematic and carried out in 2013, complementing similar work from 2008.
One detail struck me as salient to us in Scotland. He says: In coverage of the UK’s relationship to Europe, the EU was frequently framed as a problem, and from the vantage point of British national interests.
That’s because the majority political voices (Tory and Labour) deem it so and the BBC merely follows what the politicians say – or, to put it another way, what the backroom fixers and spin doctors want them to say.
If we replace Europe with Independence in the BBC Scotland context, you begin to see how a slavish pursuit of known sources of authority (Labour traditionally and Unionism more widely) dictates what is broadcast. The BBC recognises the authority of the SNP government but also reads its main policy as a ‘problem’ in that it is an unorthodox issue in the UK and takes time to explain in any detail. Since many journalists also don’t understand well enough what it means and don’t get informed by the BBC itself, the default position is to see independence, like Europe in England, as a negative.
Therefore even when the SNP is eight years into government, the national broadcaster is still ready to assume that its central tenet is too tricky for viewers to comprehend, making it automatically ‘a problem’.
Just how the BBC interacts with the State and the people is examined here by the son of a former director general http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/feb/27/seumas-milne-on-pinkoes-and-traitors-by-jean-seaton-review-my-father-the-bbc-and-a-very-british-coup?CMP=share_btn_tw
And for good measure, there is a section on the BBC coverage of the financial meltdown showing how the news department turned massively to City sources to explain the crisis – like asking the thief how he did the crime. Here opinion was almost completely dominated by stockbrokers, investment bankers, hedge fund managers and other City voices.
No wonder the bankers and financiers get away with it.by