En internrapport viser at selv ledere i BBC var klar over at BBC ikke reflekterer opinionen i synet på innvandring og EU. Den tidligere leder av nyhetsavdelingen, Helen Boaden, snakker om en «dyptgående liberal forutinntatthet».
Denne dype liberale forutinntatthet har gjort BBC blind og ute av stand til å rapportere om kompliserte og sensitive sider ved innvandringen, sa Boad.
Hun sa også at de ikke tok grupper som var kritiske til innvandringen, som Migration Watch, seriøst.
Det er som å høre en beskrivelse av NRK. Forskjellen er bare at det ikke finnes noen interngransking av NRK:
Det er «niceness», hygge-kulturen som dominerer BBC, konkluderer rapporten. Man vil ikke støte noen, og man vil ikke rapportere ting som kan gi politisk uspsielige grupper vann på mølla. Det er samme hensyn som later til å styre NRKs dekning.
The BBC’s ‘deep liberal bias’ prevented it from reporting immigration properly, its former news chief has admitted.
Helen Boaden told a BBC review into the impartiality of its own coverage that it failed to take anti-immigration lobby groups ‘seriously’ when she took the job in 2004, the year Britain threw open its doors to migrants from Eastern Europe.
The report, published yesterday, collected a series of damning comments by current and former corporation employees who accused it of ‘collective blindness’ and ‘fundamental niceness’ over controversial topics such as race and immigration.
But it concluded that the BBC produces an ‘impressive range of opinion’ overall.
Critics said the report would encourage the BBC to continue to ignore concerns over bias.
Tory MP Philip Davies, who sits on the culture, media and sport committee, said: ‘[Helen Boaden’s comments] confirm what most of us have known for many years.
‘I don’t want the BBC just to accept this and continue on their way.
‘What are they going to do to stop their liberal Left-wing culture?’
Sir Andrew Green, chairman of lobby group Migration Watch, said the review was a ‘lost opportunity’ and ‘skated over’ recent cases of corporation bias.
The 65-page report, produced by former ITV boss Stuart Prebble, a self-confessed ‘liberal progressive’, was called a ‘whitewash’ by Ed West, the author of another recent investigation into BBC impartiality.
Rapporten synes å fungere som damage control. Man innrømmer en slagside, som hevdes å være overkommet. Nu går alt så meget bedre.
Men situasjonen er vel snarere den at gapet mellom BBC og opinionen er blitt enda større, og at de oppsiktsvekkende innrømmelsene til Boaden reiser spørsmål om hennes og ledelsens ansvar. Det høres ut som om de visste hva de gjorde.
As part of his eight-month analysis, Mr Prebble interviewed 25 senior BBC staff, including Miss Boaden, now director of BBC radio.
She was aware, she told us, of a “deep liberal bias” in the way that the BBC approached the topic, and specifically that press releases coming from Migration Watch were not always taken as seriously as they might have been.’
BBC presenter Steve Hewlett accused the corporation of a ‘general corporate sensitivity’ and a ‘collective blindness’ over race and immigration.
Former Today programme journalist Robin Aitken added: ‘What damages the BBC on a subject like immigration is fundamental niceness and being loath to give offence to any part of the community.
‘It is a self-censoring idea: “Let’s not encourage debate as it might encourage nasty elements in society.” It is entirely wrong-headed.’
However, Mr Prebble refused to express an opinion on whether the BBC was guilty of liberal bias.
He added: ‘There is no genuine argument that the presence of one type of programming is squeezing out the opportunity to hear an alternative point of view.’
He even suggested viewers and listeners should ‘read a book’ if they were unhappy with the BBC.
A BBC spokesman said: ‘We are pleased our coverage has been deemed “remarkable” and “impressive”.’