Tagged: BBC news

Making the news: The 10 factors that explain the state of the mainstream media.

The ingredients of news: 70% Wire copy, 54% Public Relation material, 12% journalismIn previous posts I’ve been looking at why the mainstream media in the UK routinely omit stories on certain subjects while so often failing to report accurately, in a balanced way, on the stories which do make it to the public. Nick Davies book, Flat Earth News, provides perhaps the final pieces in the jigsaw to explain why this is.

To the factors I’ve discussed in previous posts, Nick Davies’ book adds commercialisation and ignorance. A full list of the ten factors is presented below, but first a look at what Nick Davies says in Flat Earth News. Continue reading

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FOI release shows how BBC editorial bias is preventing critical debate on rape

The BBC censor Steubenville: FOI release throws light on biased BBC editorial decision-making.

The BBC censor Steubenville: FOI release throws light on biased BBC editorial decision-making.

After venting frustration last month at the BBC’s censorship of the Steubenville High School rape case I sent them the following Freedom of Information request:

  1. Are you [the BBC] aware of the Steubenville story? If so, when were you first aware of it?
  2. What process does the BBC use to ensure it is aware of news stories across the world?
  3. Who makes decisions about which new stories to include/not include within the BBC’s content? Can you provide job titles, grades, names of committees etc. please?
  4. What is the context within which they make these decisions? I.e. is there a policy guide that the decision makers need to abide by to make their decisions? Can I see this guide?
  5. If not already answered in 4 & 5 above, can you advise who decided, and on what basis, that the Steubenville High School rape case in Ohio would be omitted from the BBC’s content? Continue reading

BBC News censor Steubenville High School rape case

The BBC censor  the Steubenville High School Rape case; one of the most important news stories of early 2013.

The BBC censor the Steubenville High School Rape case; one of the most important news stories of early 2013.

Anonymous group’s intervention into the Steubenville High School rape case is, for me at least, one of the most important news stories around. There’s a summary on the alternet site here.

I’d have thought a rape case this shocking would be reported world-wide, but when you add in that the truth is only being exposed thanks to a group of hackers wearing Guy Fawkes masks it’s inconceivable that this isn’t on the front page of every news paper.

However, search the BBC News website for “Steubenville” and not one result comes up about this story. Continue reading