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Group.png BBC  
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Motto Nation Shall Speak Peace Unto Nation
Formation 18 October 1922
Founder John Reith
Type propaganda
Headquarters Broadcasting House, London, United Kingdom
Leader Director-General of the BBC

Incumbent: Tony Hall
Since 2 April 2013
Staff 20,736
Website http://www.bbc.co.uk
SubpageBBC/Censorship
BBC/Propaganda
BBC/Terrorism Reporting
A state propaganda apparatus disguised as a quasi-autonomous public service corporation.

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is the largest broadcasting organisation in the world.[1] In its own words it is an 'autonomous public service broadcaster' [1] operating under a Royal Charter [2]. The BBC's main responsibility under its charter is to provide 'public service broadcasting' within the United Kingdom, Channel Islands and Isle of Man. Outside the United Kingdom the BBC broadcasts commercially funded channels such as BBC America, BBC Canada, and BBC World News. It also has a substantial presence on the Internet.[3]

A video by James Corbett

Origins

The BBC was the first national state broadcasting organisation. [4] Founded on as the 'British Broadcasting Company Ltd', it was subsequently granted a Royal Charter [2] and was made a publicly funded corporation in 1927. The stated mission of the BBC is "to inform, educate and entertain" - as laid down by Parliament in the BBC Charter; [5].

The BBC is run by the BBC Trust (strapline: "Getting the best out of the BBC for licence fee payers")[6]. Per its charter, its should be "free from both political and commercial influence and answer[able] only to its viewers and listeners".[7]

The 1926 General Strike

Full article: 1926 United Kingdom general strike

The UK General Strike of 1926 provided an indication of how the BBC was to be run. John Reith, then general manager of the BBC (later director general), confided to his diary: "The Cabinet decision is really a negative one. They want to be able to say that they did not commandeer us, but they know they can trust us not to be really impartial." [8] Reith explained it like this "since the BBC was a national institution, and since the government in this crisis was acting for the people... the BBC was for the government in the crisis too."[9]

John Pilger contrasts the actual implementation of a policy on impartiality with the literal meaning. He states:[10]

The BBC began in 1922, just before the corporate press began in America. Its founder was Lord John Reith, who believed that impartiality and objectivity were the essence of professionalism. In the same year the British establishment was under siege. The unions had called a general strike and the Tories were terrified that a revolution was on the way. The new BBC came to their rescue. In high secrecy, Lord Reith wrote anti-union speeches for the Tory Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin and broadcast them to the nation, while refusing to allow the labor leaders to put their side until the strike was over. So, a pattern was set. Impartiality was a principle certainly: a principle to be suspended whenever the establishment was under threat. And that principle has been upheld ever since.

Continued deep state control

Bilderberg trustee and steering committee member, Marcus Agius is a Senior Independent Director of the BBC and was the first non-executive director appointed to the BBC's new Executive Board,.[11] The clearest evidence is that the BBC remains de facto subservient to the deep state is in its handling of deep events.

Vetting by the Intelligence Services

Perhaps the clearest evidence that the covert control exercised over the BBC throughout the post WW2 period to about the mid 1980's is provided by the systematic MI5 vetting of senior (and not-so-senior) BBC appointments and projects.[12] Daphne Park, a senior MI6 officer, was a governer of the BBC from 1982 to 1986.

Andrew Gilligan affair

A latter-day example of BBC subservience was provided by the treatment accorded Andrew Gilligan, one of its reporters, over his broadcast claims about the 'sexing up' of the 'Iraq Dossier' used to justify the UK's participation in the invasion of Iraq and which led to the death of UN Weapons Inspector Dr David Kelly. In spite of Gilligan's claims being largely vindicated by subsequent revelations, he was forced to resign from the BBC, as was its Chairman Gavyn Davies and its Director General Greg Dyke.

BBC rejects humanitarian appeal

In the 2008/2009 attack on Gaza by Israel known as Operation Cast Lead at least 1,417 people[13] (mostly women and children) were killed and more than 3,000 homes and hundreds of other properties, including factories, workshops, animal farms and orchards, as well as government buildings, police stations and prisons, were destroyed and more than 20,000 were damaged.[14][15]

"The level of human suffering and destruction I saw today is, from any angle, heartbreaking. It is shocking that civilians suffered so disproportionately in this military operation".
UN Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes, 22 January 2009

The Disasters Emergency Committee launched a public appeal to support its humanitarian relief efforts in Gaza, which the BBC refused to broadcast on grounds of "Upholding the BBC's hard won reputation for impartiality"[16][17] [18] The Archbishop of York, John Sentamu, accused the broadcaster of taking sides, "This is not a row about impartiality but rather about humanity". Communities secretary Hazel Blears said: "I sincerely hope the BBC will urgently review its decision."[19] It did not.

Output

Full article: Stub class article BBC/Propaganda

Not all BBC material should be thought of as propaganda - the majority of it is the work of well intentioned people. Nevertheless, it would be naive to assume that it is all produced in good faith. Considering its motto "Nation Shall Speak Peace Unto Nation", the exploitation of the BBC for war propaganda is as hypocritical as it is odious. Robert Stuart deserves commendation for his efforts to expose the case of Dr Rola in this regard.

Exceptional material

Alan Francovich's 1992 expose of Operation Gladio is the exception to the rule about BBC output pushing the UK establishment's official narrative

The BBC does has broadcast highly creditable material on occasions, and has even broadcast material which has assisted in revealing the deep state. Most notable in this regard is Allan Francovich's 1992 expose of Operation Gladio, which was broadcast once on BBC 2. Film maker Adam Curtis stopped short of exposing 9/11 as a false flag attack, but his series The Power of Nightmares did argue powerfully on BBC that Al Qaeda was a creation of the US government and that fear of "terrorism" was being used cynically for political purposes.

Censorship

Full article: BBC/Censorship

The BBC is censored on topics of particular importance to the deep state. On occasions the BBC has commissioned and paid for exposes but then failed to broadcast them after intervention from senior establishment figures.[20] For example, like the rest of the commercially-controlled media, they followed the 9-11 attacks by countless repeats of the collapse of World Trade Centers 1 & 2 (often with an inset image of Osama Bin Laden), but for years had nothing to say about 9-11/WTC7. They also removed reference to Bin Laden's murder from an interview with Benazir Bhutto.[21]

Funding

Within the UK, it is funded principally by an annual television licence fee, which is charged to all United Kingdom households, companies and organisations using any type of equipment to record and/or receive live television broadcasts. The level of the fee is set annually by the UK Government and agreed by Parliament. In 2012, Tony Rooke refused to pay his BBC license, citing Section 15 of the 2000 Terrorism Act, which states that "it is an offence for someone to invite another to provide money, intending that it should be used, or having reasonable cause to suspect that it may be used, for terrorism purposes".[22]

Summary

The BBC has not been immune from the general decline in reportorial standards and a move away from investigative journalism.[23] Whilst inquirers will undoubtedly be informed that these were all unfortunate aberrations from which lessons have been learned, there is every reason to suppose that, just like the Ronnie Corbett character in the John Cleese/Ronnie Barker/Ronnie Corbett video sketch, when it comes to deep political issues of the UK Establishment, the BBC continues to "know its place".[24]  

Related Documents

TitleTypePublication dateAuthor(s)Description
File:BBC ECU Response about Dr Rola.pdfletter19 May 2014Colin TregearThe reponse from the BBC to the complaints about the veracity of the Dr Rola footage by Robert Stuart.
File:BBC on the Israel-Palestine conflict.pdfpaper22 February 2013Peter AllenPeter Allen's University of Leicester MA dissertation, analysing the bias of the BBC Newsnight program in its reporting of the Israel/Palesine conflict. Although confined to the Newsnight series, it is a telling commentary on the subliminal official narrative nature of BBC News output and that of the Western Corporate media in general.
File:How the BBC betrayed the NHS.pdfreport27 September 2012Oliver Huitson
MI5 and the Christmas Tree Filesbook extract1988Mark Hollingsworth
Richard Norton-Taylor
 

Documents sourced from BBC

TitleTypeSubject(s)Publication dateAuthor(s)Description
New Goldsmith StatementarticleDowning Street memo25 May 2006Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya
The Russians are herearticleJohn le Carré
Our Kind of Traitor
8 September 2010Andy WalkerFrom an interview broadcast on BBC Radio 4 about John Le Carré 's latest book of "Our Kind of Traitor". Le Carré (aka David Cornwell) also airs his views about the nature of the SIS's 20 years after the end of the cold war.
Wilmshurst Resignation LetterletterIraq War 2003
Downing Street memo
18 March 2002Elizabeth WilmshurstLetter of resignation from her position as a UK Foreign Office legal adviser over the issue of the legality of military action against Iraq in the absence of a specific UNSC resolution authorising it


External sites

References

  1. a b About the BBC – What is the BBC
  2. a b What is a UK 'Royal Charter' ?
  3. http://bbc.co.uk
  4. BBC History - The BBC takes to the Airwaves
  5. BBC website: About the BBC - Purpose and values
  6. BBC Trust Web Site
  7. BBC Royal Charter and Agreement
  8. C. Stuart (ed.) The Reith Diaries (1975)
  9. Michael Gurevitch, Culture, Society, and the Media (Routledge, 1982) p.302
  10. The Invisible Government, John Pilger, Information Clearing House, Speech delivered at the Chicago Socialism 2007 Conference on Saturday June 16 2007
  11. http://www.bbc.co.uk/aboutthebbc/insidethebbc/managementstructure/biographies/agius_marcus.html
  12. "MI5 and the Christmas Tree Files"
  13. Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (19 March 2009). "Confirmed figures reveal the true extent of the destruction inflicted upon the Gaza Strip; Israel’s offensive resulted in 1,417 dead, including 926 civilians, 255 police officers, and 236 fighters.".
  14. Amnesty Report on "Operation Cast Lead" more than 3,000 homes and hundreds of other properties, including factories, workshops, animal farms and orchards, as well as government buildings, police stations and prisons, were destroyed and more than 20,000 were damaged. July 2009.
  15. [http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/hrcouncil/docs/12session/A-HRC-12-48.pdf Goldstone Report on "Operation Cast Lead".
  16. Disaster Emergency Committee Appeal for Gaza
  17. BBC refusal to broadcast DEC appeal - The Guardian 24 Jan 2009
  18. Media Lens of the BBC refusal to broadcast the DEC appeal for Gaza
  19. BBC crisis over refusal to broadcast Gaza appeal 24 January 2009.
  20. http://www.unwelcomeguests.net/716
  21. https://sites.google.com/site/censorshipbythebbc/bbc-censors-benazir
  22. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2284337/TV-licence-evader-refused-pay-BBC-covered-facts-9-11.html
  23. https://www.commentarymagazine.com/articles/the-timothy-hunt-witch-hunt/
  24. John Cleese & The Two Ronnies video sketch 'I know my place'