BBC Political Bias
A copy of my complaint to the BBC regarding the public broadcasters blatant Conservative bias:
The BBC is supposedly the neutral public broadcaster but this is now very sadly not the case.
The Daily Politics should be renamed the Daily Cameron Love-in. The presenters never seem to hold any government MPs to task and reserve all badgering scrutiny to members of the opposition. However today was a new low with the BBC’s Political Editor Nick Robinson going out of his way to tell us what a wonderful chap David Cameron is after discussing Ed Milibands problems (I have to say it made me feel more than a little bilious).
Question Time is now so biased almost all the people I know, who are serious about politics, think it’s a joke (two members of the government as opposed to one from the opposition every week and Dimbleby again badgering the opposition only).
I also think it is very unwise for the public broadcaster to have it’s two most high profile political commentators both be open supporters of the same poltical party i.e. Andrew Neil and Nick Robinson both openly admit their support for the Conservative Party and I’m afraid this certainly comes across in everything they report and host.
As a long time supporter of the BBC I have to tell you the organisation has lost all credibility for fairness and it just is not good enough.
BBC lip service response to my complaint of political bias
Dear Mr Barker
Thanks for contacting us.
I understand you feel our programmes, including ‘This Week’ and ‘Question Time’, are biased toward the Conservative Party.
Impartiality is the cornerstone of all our news and current affairs output and we ensure all our correspondents and production teams are aware of this to help us deliver fair and balanced coverage for all the stories we report.
It’s not always possible or practical to reflect all the different opinions on a subject within individual programmes. Editors are charged to ensure that over a reasonable period they reflect the range of significant views, opinions and trends in their subject area. The BBC doesn’t seek to denigrate any view, nor to promote any view. It seeks rather to identify all significant views, and to test them rigorously and fairly on behalf of the audience. Among other evidence, audience research indicates widespread confidence in the impartiality of the BBC’s reporting.
Senior editorial staff, the Executive Committee and the BBC Trust keep a close watch on programmes to ensure that standards of impartiality are maintained.
I’ve registered your complaint on our audience log. This is a daily report of audience feedback that’s made available to many BBC staff, including members of the BBC Executive Board, channel controllers and other senior managers.
The audience logs are seen as important documents that can help shape decisions about future programming and content.
Thanks again for taking the time to contact us.
Needless to say I'll not be bothering anymore as it is a complete waste of time to expect any form of political balance at the BBC.