BBC Complaints: The link you need!

Saturday, 29 August 2009


If you enjoyed hearing George Galloway and David Miliband on 'Great Lives' recently, here are some highlights for the coming week on BBC Radio 4.

'Archive on 4: Meeting Myself Coming Back' (tonight, 8.00 pm). Clare Short looks back on her career.

'Britain's White House' (tomorrow, 10.45 pm), when Labour minister (and expense trougher)"Sadiq Khan recalls the careers of Britain's first Asian MPs"

'Jeopardising Justice' (Monday, 9.30 am), where Labour peer Helena Kennedy argues that defendants' rights are losing out to victims' rights.

'Where Did It All Go Right?' (Monday, 8.00 pm), which "re-examines policies that were once highly controversial but later became widely accepted." This week it's Labour's national minimum wage that 'went right'.

Of course, despite all this, the BBC is not biased towards the Left because, as the 'New Statesman' would be the first to point out, Conservative MP Ann Widdecombe is on at 11.00 pm on Monday with 'From Jean Brodie to Carrie Bradshaw: Spinsters in Popular Culture'. So that's all right then!

P.S. 'Chain reaction' (Wednesdays at 6.30 pm), the comedy show where one comic interviews another comic whom he admires, will - later in the series, according to the 'Radio Times - feature a "conversation between Eddie Izzard and Alistair Campbell".
Unless the 'Radio Times' IS making this up, you couldn't make it up!!!!


  1. If we took a period of time and counted the number of times that the Guardian was mentioned on bbc radio 4 then it would be 10+ times that of any other newspaper.
    They hardly ever mention The Economist since it is objective and if they do they omit to mention the full picture.
    The same goes for the LSE and left wing think tanks, most of which are not mentioned as such.

  2. That's very true. I hadn't thought about the neglect of The Economist, but you're right. It's very rare you hear of them on the BBC.

    I had thought about tallying the number of mentions for each newspaper on the Today Programme, but you've given me another idea too. I might just have a go at doing the think tanks across all my range of programmes.

    The 'centre-right' Reform and the 'right-of-centre' or 'free market' Centre for Policy Studies (as the BBC always calls them) seem to feature far, far less than Demos or the Fabian Society or those BBC favourites, the IPPR.



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