This interesting letter will soon be arriving on the BBC Director General’s desk.
If you listen to the ‘Today’ programme you will know they now occasionally review ‘Buzzfeed’ and the ‘Huffington Post’ as well as the more traditional press. It is indeed a notable omission that they don’t ever review the ‘New European’, though it is only a weekly – but then so is the ‘Sunday Times’.
Actually, more importantly, I think the BBC has no business reviewing newspapers at all.
If the BBC read the newspapers and discover they have missed a major news story then certainly they should hurry up and cover it. Yet this is not what we get. The paper review is invariably an opportunity for the rebroadcasting of the hackneyed opinions of the mostly highly fact free and yet highly opinionated newspapers.
In this context reviewing the newspapers amounts to advertising. The BBC should be concentrating on the news itself not reviews of reports of it. It is a complete and unwelcome distraction.
The paper review far too often allows the news narrative to sail along on tramlines set by the press and the billionaire class that controls much of it.
So the editor of the ‘New European’ won’t thank me for it but my open letter to the BBC is to request that BBC news programmes be re-purposed for real news please, not a review of somebody else’s reporting of what they think it is.