F6 report - Alan Johnston released

#1
Sky News reports (unconfirmed) that Alan Johnston has been released. I hope so :D
 
#5
I am probably going to get shot down for this, but here goes:

Firstly - I, like all readers no doubt, am very pleased to here on the BBC World News of the release of Alan Johnston. It is very good news and my heartfelt wishes go towards him and his family.

Secondly - I have to take issue with his employers. They devoted their entire 30min news update in the US to his release. Fine you may say, but last night they used only a 1min soundbite to reflect upon the comparitively low death toll of 'just' 1200 in Iraq last month. FFS BBC. I can understand the euphoria over the release of one of your own but get a sense of perspective.

Standing by...

AY
 
#6
ArmyYid said:
Secondly - I have to take issue with his employers. They devoted their entire 30min news update in the US to his release. Fine you may say, but last night they used only a 1min soundbite to reflect upon the comparitively low death toll of 'just' 1200 in Iraq last month. FFS BBC. I can understand the euphoria over the release of one of your own but get a sense of perspective.

Standing by...

AY
Well news organisations are always overly concerned about one of their own which is understandable I guess.

It was the same with ABC and their coverage of Bob Woodruff's injuries in Iraq.
 
#7
ArmyYid said:
Secondly - I have to take issue with his employers. They devoted their entire 30min news update in the US to his release. Fine you may say, but last night they used only a 1min soundbite to reflect upon the comparitively low death toll of 'just' 1200 in Iraq last month. FFS BBC. I can understand the euphoria over the release of one of your own but get a sense of perspective.

Standing by...

AY
Great to hear that your man has been released, especially for the individual and his loved ones.

I also take exception to the excessive media coverage throughout there are there to report the news, not to make it.

What of the story of the PST abducted in broad daylight bybthe Iraqi "Police", what about the story regarding the BBC risk assessment for Johnston and why, despite all the best-practice measures in place, he was still taken.

It will probably take another sunday night in the Frontline club, to reveal all the details. :(
 
#8
Understandable yes and particularly so if you are a commericial broadcaster.

But given that you and I pay the salaries and running costs of those involved, perhaps we can expect a little more objectivity.

AY
 
#9
ArmyYid said:
Understandable yes and particularly so if you are a commericial broadcaster.

But given that you and I pay the salaries and running costs of those involved, perhaps we can expect a little more objectivity.
AY
US tax payers don't pay a penny for BBC World News. Their funding is partly through the British FCO (therefore British tax payers) plus revenue generated from advertising and money from those US sponsors that are mentioned at the beginning of each broadcast on PBS.

Funny enough for the first time ever the BBC actually has an excess of revenue generated by its commercial division. Some how, though, I can't see this being reflected in a reduction in UK TV License fee.
 
#10
ArmyYid said:
I am probably going to get shot down for this, but here goes:

Firstly - I, like all readers no doubt, am very pleased to here on the BBC World News of the release of Alan Johnston. It is very good news and my heartfelt wishes go towards him and his family.

Secondly - I have to take issue with his employers. They devoted their entire 30min news update in the US to his release. Fine you may say, but last night they used only a 1min soundbite to reflect upon the comparitively low death toll of 'just' 1200 in Iraq last month. FFS BBC. I can understand the euphoria over the release of one of your own but get a sense of perspective.

Standing by...

AY

Agree with that AY....Remember John Simpson and his antics in Kabul?

When was the last time we heard owt about the PSG's who are still missing in Iraq?
 
#11
He chose to be out there , he was highly paid for being there . Pity the BBC doesn't mount a similar campaign to get all our military out of Iraq and Afghanistan
 
#12
I am happy he's be released, it is very good news.

It is more than understandable why BBC covered this story so intentally, he is one of thier own.

Now hopefully the news will move on and update me on the 5 people kidnapped in Iraq (have they been freed yet?), and the latest update on the 2 american soldiers kidnapped.
 
#14
OldTimer said:
He chose to be out there , he was highly paid for being there . Pity the BBC doesn't mount a similar campaign to get all our military out of Iraq and Afghanistan
It's great to see Alan Johnston released, really good news. However, I can't help but echo your statement.

BT. :D
 
#15
Excellent news! Like many, I was concerned with the prominence the BBC gave to this story compared to other events, but that should not detract from this good news.
 
#16
Understanable that the BBC will be the Alan Johnston channel today, which a cynic might say part of the reason for his release - no more coverage about last weekends events.
 
#17
Good news indeed, but I don't expect anything else to be report by Auntie for the next 48 hours.

Was anyone else surprised at how unaffected he appears to be? Not only were the videos presented in his usual reporting style, but he seems remarkably composed after his release! He either has balls of steel or is a reporter par excellence.
 
#18
It was truly fantastic news, and good to see him safe.

It did bring home to me quite what a twisted individual I must be, though. My first thought when I saw him on the news this morning was, "Bugger, that's Pun VC's airtime out the window, then! Couldn't he have waited one more day?"

Like many, I'd be heartily surprised if the BBC didn't boot the arrse out of this one to the exclusion of other deserving stories..
 
#19
Another echo of most of the above; you'd have to be sociopathic not to feel joy for Alan Johnson and his loved ones upon his release, but he has been given "big story" coverage on the BBC website - the full top of the page that usually has the lead story and then a list of other top stories - and aside relevance to the BBC, as a story it's not really deserving of the space or the airtime.

Many, many people’s lives are destroyed in that region daily without the rest of the world so much as noticing, so I hope that he returns home without fanfare and counts his blessings.
 
#20
Great news on the release of Alan Johnston.

However......................

Now he is free there are two issues that should be raised.

Firstly, he should never have been living in Gaza at all. The place is a teeming hotbed of unrest and when all other Western journalists had left for the relative safety of Jerusalem, Johnston should have taken the hint and gone too. However, he clearly felt safe as he was always pro-Palestinian which just goes to show that no matter how close you think you are to them - you never truly know them. As far as militant Palestinians were concerned, as more and more Westerners fled Gaza, the potential targets became fewer, and Johnston became attractive by virtue of his availability. The BBC should have ordered him to move out weeks before he was taken.

However, it looks good on their blurb before News 24 to say 'we have correspondents in Bejing, Tehran, GAZA, Baghdad etc.' While they had what no other channel possessed they were content to ignore the risks. In short, Johnston was the over-zealous subaltern who should have been reined-in, for his own good, by a caring Commanding Officer. In my opinion, the blame lies largely with the Beeb for allowing this to happen.

Secondly this is yet another example of the Palestinians 'never missing an opportunity to miss an opportunity'. Only they could kidnap the most pro-Palestinian/anti-Israeli journalist working in Gaza and then hold him for four months. The failure to release him earlier shows that neither Mahmoud Abbas nor Ishmail Haniya have any control over Gaza militants and will do nothing to show that either can prevent further terrorist attacks on Israel.

Rant over!
 

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