A BBC report on Gaza shows its disgraceful bias

The BBC‘s reporting on the situation in Gaza has been little more than establishment propaganda. But its specific coverage of Israel’s bombing of the occupied Palestinian territory descended into disgraceful bias. Ongoing Israeli crimes in Gaza and Palestine Much of the world has been watching the situation in Israel and the occupied territories. As of 12pm on Wednesday 12 May, PA reported that Israeli air strikes had levelled two apartment towers in the Gaza Strip. Hamas said Israeli air strikes destroyed the central police headquarters in Gaza City. The death toll in Gaza rose to 35 Palestinians, including 12 children, with some 233 people injured. Israel claimed that…

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An explosive Sophy Ridge just shamed the BBC and Marr

You know things are bad in the UK media when a journalist from a Rupert Murdoch-created news outlet puts the BBC to shame. But that’s exactly what happened on Sunday 2 May. Rumbling on The story of Boris Johnson’s flat has been rumbling on. As The Canary previously reported, the Electoral Commission is investigating Johnson’s Downing Street refurb. During Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQs), the PM repeatedly claimed that he ultimately paid for the flat refurb. But Johnson wouldn’t say who stumped up the cash in the first place. The Canary also reported that Johnson said of the probe: We will comply with whatever they want, and I don’t think there is…

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BBC coverage of death of Philip Windsor breaks UK TV complaints record

The BBC’s coverage of the death of the duke of Edinburgh has drawn 110,000 complaints, the highest number ever published in the UK about television programming. Philip Windsor died at Windsor Castle on 9 April at the age of 99, prompting the corporation to clear its schedules across both BBC One and BBC Two to run a series of mirrored special programmes. The coverage also took over the news channel and BBC radio stations. Journalist Martine Croxall announced the news on the BBC (BBC/PA) According to the BBC’s fortnightly complaints bulletin, some 104,010 people complained about the coverage within the first three days. At time of publication on…

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We’re in a climate emergency, but BBC Cymru didn’t invite the Green Party to its leaders’ debate

On 29 April, BBC Cymru will hold a leaders’ debate in the run up to the Welsh Assembly (Senedd Cymru) elections. The Assembly elections take place on 6 May. And The Canary has been following matters in the run up to these elections as part of its #Independence2021 series. The BBC has invited leaders of Welsh parties to participate in the debate. That includes leaders from Plaid Cymru, Welsh Labour, Welsh Liberal Democrats, Welsh Conservatives, and Abolish the Welsh Assembly Party (AWAP). In addition to the global pandemic, the election takes place during a climate emergency. So there’s a lot of surprise at the BBC including an anti-Assembly party…

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The BBC just went full-on North Korea against #KillTheBill

The BBC just cemented its position as a state-supporting broadcaster in its coverage of a #KillTheBill camp in Bristol on Tuesday 23 March. It didn’t provide balance in its reporting. Instead, the BBC dedicated an entire article to defending the Tories and the violent police. Moreover, it whitewashed the reality of what happened on the ground. Bristol: more action to #KillTheBill On 23 March, people set up a protest camp on College Green in Bristol. It came after what The Canary called the “siege of Bristol’s Bridewell police station” on Sunday 21 March, where police attacked people protesting the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill. The camp on…

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The BBC flag furore distracts from a government thriving on lies and corruption

Samuel Johnson famously said: “patriotism is the the last refuge of a scandalous government”. Conversely, the ridiculing of patriotism is an essential ingredient of a free society. But that freedom is constantly tested. On Thursday 18 March, BBC Breakfast presenter Charlie Stayt interviewed UK government minister Robert Jenrick. Behind Jenrick was a large Union Jack flag, and on his wall hung a photo of the Queen. At the conclusion of the interview, Stayt – known for his dry and often sarcastic wit – quipped to Jenrick: Robert Jenrick, thank you, I think your flag is not up to standard size for government interview measurements. I think it’s just…

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The BBC ran to protect the Met over the Sarah Everard vigil

The BBC faced backlash over its reporting on the violent police response to the Clapham Common vigil for Sarah Everard. And on the same day, it also put out some appalling coverage of an attempted assault on a child. Now, its coverage of the Andrew Marr Show has just compounded the issue. Say her name Serving Metropolitan Police constable Wayne Couzens, 48, is charged with kidnapping and killing Sarah Everard. The 33-year-old marketing executive went missing while walking home from a friend’s flat in south London on 3 March. Her body was found on 10 March. In response, the group Reclaim These Streets organised a vigil. It was…

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BBC attempts to ‘modernise’ leads to all white news board

As part of our #FactOfTheMatter series, The Canary can show that the BBC has appointed an all-white News Board. Director of news and current affairs Fran Unsworth appointed the new board as part of the BBCs plan to ‘modernise’ the organisation. Not only does this break the BBC‘s own policy on representing ethnic minorities, but the BBC won’t admit to any wrongdoing. In fact, it claims it’s not broken any policy because two are only ‘acting’ members. A source at BBC News sent The Canary the image below of the new board as they were concerned with its lack of diversity. And we understand why. Introducing the ‘modern’ BBC:…

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A BBC article on Piers Morgan is nearly as vile as him

THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS REFERENCES TO PEOPLE TAKING THEIR OWN LIVES. SOME READERS MAY FIND THIS DISTRESSING. The BBC‘s media editor just wrote one of the worst articles on Piers Morgan’s job loss yet – because he didn’t take a critical look at the ex-Good Morning Britain (GMB) host’s comments. His article glossed over Morgan’s staggering view on Meghan Markle. And instead, the BBC media editor framed it all as part of a “culture war”. Piers Morgan Morgan has been the centre of attention for several days over his comments about Markle and prince Harry. On Monday 8 March, Morgan was talking about their interview with Oprah Winfrey. Manchester…

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A BBC report completely disrespected Children’s Mental Health Week

The BBC has shown contempt for Children’s Mental Health Week. Because during one of its flagship news programmes, it repeated a piece of Tory propaganda. It did so without question – giving viewers the impression the government is spending £2bn on young people’s mental health. This seems completely untrue. The BBC: ‘look what the government is doing!’ This year’s Children’s Mental Health Week is running from 1-7 February. Smack-bang in the middle of this, BBC News at Six did a segment on the topic. It was in relation to education during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. During host George Alagiah’s introduction to it, he claimed the Department of Health and…

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