British Broadcasting Corporation
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is the world's oldest national broadcaster, and the largest broadcaster in the world by number of employees, employing over 22,000 staff in total, of whom approximately 19,000 are in public-sector broadcasting.
The BBC was established under a Royal Charter (royal charters were used to create chartered companies — for-profit ventures with shareholders, used for exploration, trade, and colonisation) and operates under its Agreement with the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.
Its work is funded principally by an annual television licence fee charged to all British households, companies, and organisations using any type of equipment to receive or record live television broadcasts.
Marmaduke James Hussey
Hussey was educated at Rugby School and Trinity College, Oxford, He was appointed Chairman of the BBC in 1986, upon the death of Stuart Young, enabled (claimed) due to his close connections to the ruling Conservative Party.
In his first weeks as chair of the BBC board of governors, Hussey was unsure of his power. He recounts a conversation with banker and head of the C.P.R.S. government 'think tank' Victor Rothschild just after his appointment.
“Can you fire the Director General?” enquires Rothschild
A long pause from Hussey, “I think so”.
“Well, that's all that needs to be said isn't it” Rothschild replies.
The fifth BBC Board of Governors meeting with Hussey as Chair was held at Television Centre. It was Thursday 29th January 1987. Alasdair Milne was called into Hussey's office, where he also found Joel Barnett, vice-chair, waiting. They demanded his resignation. Stunned, Milne was bounced into signing a pre-prepared statement, and was driven home.
Within three months of joining the BBC, he had forced the resignation of the Director-General, Alasdair Milne, following a series of rows in recent years between the BBC and the Conservative government. In the 1990s, Hussey fell out with Director General John Birt over his management style and Panorama's controversial interview with Diana, Princess of Wales in 1995.
Milne had a long career at the BBC, where he was eventually promoted to Director-General, a role he maintained between July 1982 and January 1987, he was described by The Independent as “one of the most original and talented programme-makers to emerge during television's formative years”.
In the autumn of 1986 there was the series of documentaries called Secret Society, This series of six thirty-minute investigative films by Duncan Campbell (i.e., researched and presented by him, but produced within normal BBC practice) was described as 'each illuminating a hidden truth of major public concern'.
Alasdair Milne was a crucial figure in the transmission of Secret Society (the first episode focused on Secret Cabinet Committees), and it is written that without his backing none would have gone ahead. Since Alisdair's sacking, it is also written that BBC producers have lost the will to fight for controversial programmes which serve the public rather than establishment interest.
Thursday 29th January 1987 is claimed as the day public service ended at the BBC.
Cohen was born in Westminster, the son of middle-class Jewish intellectuals. He was previously the Director of BBC Television from 2013 to 2015. Before that, he was the Controller of BBC One for three years, the BBC's principal television channel in the United Kingdom and the youngest person to be appointed as controller of the channel.
In this role, Cohen oversaw the BBC's Television Networks (BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Three and BBC Four) and BBC Productions — Europe's largest television production group. He also had responsibility for the BBC's feature film unit, BBC Films, and the BBC's content on its digital platform, BBC iPlayer.
Cohen’s past “entertainment achievements” include the commissioning of much degeneracy (destructive programming aimed at dismantling the white nuclear family) “shows”:
- Skins: The show depicts sixth-form pupils indulging in drink and drugs binges and idolizes dysfunctional families, eating disorders and sexual identity
- The Inbetweeners, which follows a group of socially awkward teenagers who make crude comments about girls, get drunk, and break the law
- Snog, Marry, Avoid, which depicts so-called ‘slap addicts” who are given a make-under, rather than a make-over
- Hotter than my Daughter, which features parents who think they are more attractive than their children. Such shows are typically completely pre-scripted (as in the US’s “Storage Wars” series”) but are presented as “reality” and exploit all manner of real and imagined human weaknesses.
Cohen is a “Kohen,” plural Kohanim, the most revered Jews of Judaism and of Israel. The Kohanim, as the elite of the Jews, have even more stringent proofs of pure Jewish racial descent than that of SS elite in National Socialist Germany.
The Pollard review into Newsnight's decision to drop an investigation into sex abuse claims against Jimmy Savile found that Cohen had not read emails that had been copied to him warning of Savile's “dark side” and which indicated there was knowledge within the BBC of the unsavoury side of Savile's character. Had he done so, “it was at least possible that further questions [on the advisability of running the Christmas 2011 tributes] would have followed”.
Reuben the BBC’s head of Statistics, a role created in February, he claims in his Linkedin profile, specifically for him. Prior to taking over this key position, Reuben was a senior personal finance reporter at The Money Channel, a program editor at Reuters Television, Business producer at Sky News, Output editor at Financial Times Television—and did his internship at the Jerusalem Post in Israel.
Writing as “Head of Statistics” in August, Reuben authored an article for the BBC website headlined “Caution needed with Gaza casualty figures.” When he wrote the article, 1,948 Palestinians had been killed in Israel’s assault on Gaza, the majority of them men. the August article was condemned by Chris Gunness, spokesperson for UNRWA, the UN agency for Palestine refugees, as “an appalling piece of journalism”.
Despite this, Reuben still maintains a position journalist at BBC News, previously writing and broadcasting as part of the Reality Check team ahead of the EU Referendum.
Neville-Jones was appointed a BBC governor in January 1998. Her final post was as chairman of the Governors' World Service Consultative Group. Neville-Jones was chairman of the Audit Committee from 1998 until standing down from that position in September 2004 and left the BBC on 31 December 2004.
As a BBC governor, she emerged as one of the main figures in the feud between the BBC and the government in the fallout of the Hutton inquiry into the death of weapons scientist Dr David Kelly, being blamed personally by former-director general Greg Dyke for his sacking.
It emerged that Neville-Jones chairs a company providing military equipment for US Humvees and Black Hawk helicopters, both of which are used in Iraq, leading to calls for her to reconsider her position as a BBC governor. Neville-Jones is a member of the council for the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) and has served as Chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee.
Documents from Companies House reveals that Neville-Jones earned £133,000 in 2003 as non-executive chairman of Qinetiq (position held 2002 to 2005), the privatized research arm of the Mod (Ministry of Defence). The company's accounts also disclose that Neville-Jones owns £50,000 worth of shares in Qinetiq which are held through the controversial US fund the Carlyle Group.
From as early as the 1930s until the 1990s, MI5, the British domestic intelligence service, engaged in vetting of applicants for BBC positions, a policy designed to keep out persons deemed subversive. In 1933, BBC executive Colonel Alan Dawnay began to meet the head of MI5, Sir Vernon Kell, to informally trade information; from 1935, a formal arrangement was made wherein job applicants would be secretly vetted by MI5 for their political views (without their knowledge). The BBC took up a policy of denying any suggestion of such a relationship by the press (the existence of MI5 itself was not officially acknowledged until the Security Service Act 1989).
This relationship garnered wider public attention after an article by David Leigh and Paul Lashmar appeared in The Observer in August 1985, revealing that MI5 had been vetting appointments, running operations out of Room 105 in Broadcasting House. At the time of the exposé, the operation was being run by Ronnie Stonham. A memo from 1984 revealed that blacklisted organisations included the far-left Communist Party of Great Britain, the Socialist Workers Party, the Workers Revolutionary Party and the Militant Tendency, as well as the far-right National Front and the British National Party. An association with one of these groups could result in a denial of a job application.
In October 1985, the BBC announced that it would stop the vetting process, except for a few people in top roles, as well as those in charge of Wartime Broadcasting Service emergency broadcasting (in event of a nuclear war) and staff in the BBC World Service. In 1990, following the Security Service Act 1989, vetting was further restricted to only those responsible for wartime broadcasting and those with access to secret government information. Michael Hodder, who succeeded Stonham, had the MI5 vetting files sent to the BBC Information and Archives in Reading, Berkshire.
The BBC has long faced accusations of liberal and left-wing bias. Accusations of a bias against the Premiership of Margaret Thatcher and the Conservative Party were often made against the BBC by members of that government, with Margaret Thatcher herself considering the broadcaster's news coverage to be biased and irresponsible. In 2011, Peter Sissons, a main news presenter at the BBC from 1989 to 2009, said:
Another BBC presenter, Andrew Marr, commented that:
In 2022, the BBC chairman, Richard Sharp, acknowledged that:
and added that:
Paul Mason, a former Economics Editor of the BBC's Newsnight programme, criticised the BBC as "unionist" in relation to its coverage of the Scottish independence referendum campaign and said its senior employees tended to be of a "neo-liberal" point of view. The BBC was accused of propaganda by conservative journalist and author Toby Young due to what he believed to be an anti-Brexit approach, which included a day of live programming on migration.
Vicar of Dibley
The BBC has defended the Vicar of Dibley after viewers branded the first of three Christmas special episodes an 'abomination'. The criticism of the first episode, which aired on Monday, comes ahead of the controversial Black Lives Matter episode set to be released next week. The show will see Dawn French, 63, take the knee — a popular gesture taken by BLM supporters — and deliver a sermon about the movement as she plays Reverend Geraldine Granger in the hit TV show.
The scene, which airs next week, will see Geraldine speak about the murder of George Floyd by American police officers and racism as a wider issue. The controversial sketch begins with her being filmed by parishioner and farmer Owen Newitt as she emerges from her home after lockdown. She tells the audience she has been preoccupied with the 'horror show' of Mr Floyd's death and what she describes as 'this Black Lives Matter thing'. Mr Floyd, an unarmed black man, was killed in May while being arrested by police in Minneapolis, Minnesota, sparking political correctness protests around the world.
Frankie Boyle's BBC2 Show
The BBC has come under fire for giving airtime to 'Marxist' comedians who joked about 'killing whiteness' after the new Director-General vowed to take a sledgehammer to Left-wing comedy bias at the Corporation. Controversial statements about racism and 'white power' were made by comic Sophie Duker in an episode of the new series of Frankie Boyle's irreverent BBC2 panel show New World Order.
In a segment where the panellists discuss if the Black Lives Matter movement 'glosses over the complexities of a world where we all need to come together and kill whitey', Boyle played a clip of black author James Baldwin talking about 'black power' in an interview on the Dick Cavett Show in the 1970s. Responding to the clip, Duker — who has appeared on Eight Out Of Ten Cats- asserted that 'white power' and 'black power' are 'capitalist myths' that need to be dispelled, before calling 'whiteness' a 'capitalist structure'.
She then claimed that 'white power is Trump Tower' — a nod to Left-wing allegations that the US President is a racist — and jokes about 'killing whitey'. 'White power is Trump Tower', Duker said, 'but when we say we want to kill whitey, we don't really mean we want to kill whitey'. She then quips to the panellists 'we do' — to roars of laughter in the studio.