BBC bias in question (which way do they lean?)

All loathing of the BBC aside, I hope these cuts don't affect @bigeye 's future contracts of liquid gold and BBC cornucopia.
Seriously, I hope you are not affected.

Thanks for the thought. We knew it was coming and yes, it's having an effect already.
Channel 4 News here I come.
 

Offa

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Just popped up - BBC News announces 450 job cuts
They are to cut 450 news posts. Hopefully diversity and woke story advisors.
They could also have just one newsreader instead of a pair reading every other line of the autocue - could be male or female or even unknown, black or white or any shade in between, any sexual orientation, even a ginger nut. It only takes one to do not the hardest job in broadcasting, but please, please, please speak clearly, enunciate, any accent that can be understood in basic English, without trendy jargon, pc -orientated bleating opinion.
 
I think the problem for the BBC, and for any news outlet which claims impartially, is social media. Factual errors or slants in perspective can be published - here for example, on Twitter, etc - and reinforce the perception of bias.
I am increasingly liking the LBC model of having presenters whose political leanings are known. On LBC, the news is even-handed but the 'speculation/discussion' part is controlled by presenters with clearly identifiable political leanings. On the BBC, Sky, etc, it is the 'speculation' part of news - what *will* happen as opposed to reporting what *has* happened - which causes so many problems. 24 hour news is 80% waffle and the rest facts. It's in the waffle part that it goes wrong. As in, a few months ago, a bbc presenter interviewing someone about Mandela and referring to him (Mandela) throughout, in reverent tones, as 'Madiba'.
Anyway, report news. Reduce speculation. Perhaps have 'presenters' whose political stance is overt.
 
I am increasingly liking the LBC model of having presenters whose political leanings are known.
The political leanings of many BBC 'presenters' are known.
 
The political leanings of many BBC 'presenters' are known.
Not explicitly - I don't think. Happy to be corrected. They are suspected. On LBC, O'Brien is explicitly for the Left, Dale for the right, etc.
I don't BTW agree with cuts to news, fwiw. There are other things that could be pared down - 6Music, BBC4 (I can't see that being cut tbh), the Asian Network. The BBC expanded but is cutting the core, not the add-ons.
 
They could also have just one newsreader instead of a pair reading every other line of the autocue
How many presenters does BBC Morning News have? Most of them only seem to do a couple of days a week and then there is a completely different ‘team’ covering the weekend. I understand the need for additional staff to allow for holidays, sickness etc, but they seem to be taking the piss and stretching flexible working to breaking point.
A culling of the cosy gang sat on the breakfast sofa would be very welcome. I’d start with Naga, swiftly followed by Sally Nugent, Rachel Burden and Dan Walker. Keep Louise Minchin, Charlie Stayte, Chris Mason, Victoria Fritz and the tall skinny Business chap Ben.
Stop the cosy, terminally unfunny studio ‘banter’ particularly with Carol the weather girl.
There, can I be the new DG?!
 

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All loathing of the BBC aside, I hope these cuts don't affect @bigeye 's future contracts of liquid gold and BBC cornucopia.
Seriously, I hope you are not affected.

While I don't like seeing mass (or any) redundancies, this has been coming for ages, and indeed I have mentioned the dropping in the 'star' reporters taking over from quite competent locals. This must have been the easiest course of action for the BBC in their task of reducing the bloated overmanning of news services.

I really don't understand either why we must have two presenters on morning shows. One presenter, supported by the "specialist" business, sport etc reporters should be quite sufficient.
 

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I really don't understand either why we must have two presenters on morning shows. One presenter, supported by the "specialist" business, sport etc reporters should be quite sufficient.
To address hugely important issues like gender balance - because, you know, we all leap out of bed each day concerned at the gender and ethnic proportionality of our national broadcaster. I know it rules my life.
 
While I don't like seeing mass (or any) redundancies, this has been coming for ages, and indeed I have mentioned the dropping in the 'star' reporters taking over from quite competent locals. This must have been the easiest course of action for the BBC in their task of reducing the bloated overmanning of news services.

I really don't understand either why we must have two presenters on morning shows. One presenter, supported by the "specialist" business, sport etc reporters should be quite sufficient.
ITV has three of them in the am.
 

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