State media: BBC investigations are constrained by ‘need to avoid political bias’

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Editor’s Note: Out of the UK’s phone hacking official inquiry, the BBC have been forced to publicly declare their position regarding investigative journalism. Their official policy has been laid bare, that is: they do not investigate all that much these days. As the British public have discovered already from the Iraq dodgy dossier affair, the BBC and its regulatory agency Ofcom are nothing more than a state-run media outlet under the control of the country’s political ruling class and intelligence agencies. As a major news outlet, a network like the BBC who cannot investigate is utterly useless to the people, unless of course, you live in a Soviet society.

Amelia Hill
Guardian
November 14, 2011

The BBC is unable to conduct investigations into some of the most important stories of the day – including phone hacking – if they could be construed as having a political bias, the chairman of the BBC Trust, Lord Patten, has admitted.

As the Leveson inquiry into the culture, practices and ethics of the press begins on Monday, the former Conservative party chairman said the broadcaster has its hands tied by the regulator Ofcom and the ethics code of the Trust itself.

In a speech given at the Society of Editors’ annual conference on Sunday, Patten said: “As a publicly funded broadcaster whose output is so directly intrusive, there are some areas where we ought to be particularly careful in our journalism or even decline to follow where newspapers or online journalism may properly lead,” he said.

“Despite the BBC’s tradition of investigative journalism, it could not have paid for the information on MPs’ expenses as the Daily Telegraph did, nor pursued the hacking story at News International as remorselessly as the Guardian campaign did.

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