privacy and the bbc

#21
In fairness to the journo, he/she was just doing his job. The errors of judgement were primarily by the police, aided and abetted by a significant contribution from those with editorial responsibility, who should have been more sceptical and measured rather than listening to their inner trot and leaping at the chance for a spectacular victory in their on-going cultural civil war.

As far as the journo was concerned, it was a scoop with the police taking down a high profile celebrity nonce. They can hardly be blamed for yet another conspicuous failure by South Yorkshire Police to find their collective arrse with both hands and nor can they be blamed for their management saying 'Go fetch' whilst taking legal advice from the Emperor Mong.

Apparently the creature that is BBC Director of News is whinging that this judgement creates new case law and represents a dramatic shift against press freedom and the long-standing ability of journalists to report on police investigations. In reality, it's simply yet another shining, and expensive, example of what happens when the state broadcaster is run by morons with an axe to grind whilst the bones of Jimmy Saville rattle gently in the Boardroom cupboard.
. . . or the Beeb have never forgiven him for that singalong at Wimbledon in '96:

1996 Wimbledon Championships - Wikipedia
 

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#22
The real shame is that it took a millionaire to take on the media.

Often people's lives are splashed over the media only for it to be not proven as time goes on. What happens then? Page wide apologies or whole programmes outlining the tardiness of the channel or a couple of small sentences tucked away in the newspaper or a brief statement on air, made on an obscure programme at an equally obscure time!
 
#23
In reality, it's simply yet another shining, and expensive, example of what happens when the state broadcaster is run by morons with an axe to grind whilst the bones of Jimmy Saville rattle gently in the Boardroom cupboard.
I'd give you more than one 'like' if I could for the sheer poetic beauty of that last sentence
 
#24
It works across the political spectrum and it's sometimes about the most insignificant things.

In a previous life, I was a spokesman for a Labour Group on my local Council. The local paper contacted me for a quote on a story they were running about a Labour Councillor driving around with no tax disk in his car.

I spoke to the individual concerned and it turned out that the car was taxed and the disk had simply fallen from the screen onto the floor of the vehicle.

Yes we all know it should be on display but he had simply forgotten to reaffix it to the screen.

The reporter from the local rag was most put out and very disappointed that she hadn't got a story to run slagging the Councillor off for not taxing his car.

There were other inquiries that often popped up, some of them more serious but I'm pleased to admit, I never had a murder to quote about during my time there.
Does this mean the story is 'Murderers allowed to roam freely'

or

Labour spokesperson in murder cover-up
 
#25
I agree that it won’t have done his career any harm- although perhaps it will continue outside the Beeb.
Until he returns as Head of Diversity, Synergy, Sustainability or some other wibble.
 
#29
. . . or the Beeb have never forgiven him for that singalong at Wimbledon in '96:

1996 Wimbledon Championships - Wikipedia
Unserious: That is what they put the roof up... to prevent Cliff from singing.
Serious: Everyone with a brain in their head has known for years that he bowls from the pavilion end. Like Liberace, he brought a lot of joy to a lot of folk.
All the latter-day X=Factor winners who 'come out' are lauded as 'heroes'.
Sir Cliff wrote in his autobiog many years back about his relationship with a chap.
Same as Proctor, who never denied his long-term relationship with his partner, Terry.

Typhoon in a teacup? Definitely.

I've met Cliff, Harvey and Terry, and they are all good chaps, and worth a chat with.
Their sexuality never ever was an issue.
 
#30
Unserious: That is what they put the roof up... to prevent Cliff from singing.
Serious: Everyone with a brain in their head has known for years that he bowls from the pavilion end. Like Liberace, he brought a lot of joy to a lot of folk.
All the latter-day X=Factor winners who 'come out' are lauded as 'heroes'.
Sir Cliff wrote in his autobiog many years back about his relationship with a chap.
Same as Proctor, who never denied his long-term relationship with his partner, Terry.

Typhoon in a teacup? Definitely.

I've met Cliff, Harvey and Terry, and they are all good chaps, and worth a chat with.
Their sexuality never ever was an issue.
My only issue with Liberace was suing and beating a Daily newspaper who said he was gay and getting mega compensation, when they had told the truth.
 
#31
BBC this afternoon were bleating on about "how it will change journalism" and how they "would not be able to report a case until after an arrest was made".

Am I alone in thinking that this is a "good thing" and that trial by media, journalist and social media has gotten out of control?
 
#35
I have no doubt a left-leaning anti-establishment view was taken that cliff is an icon for many, as such is something to be torn down, his sin was to express his religious beliefs and irritate the media. Similarly, with politicians from the conservative party, or anyone else who opposes the socialist media view of the world any behaviour that is less than exemplary will be drawn attention to.

Take for instance "exUKIP Councillor murdered his wife".
If that had been an exLabour councillor or former BBC employee, would there job be linked to the evil action and headlined in a story ?

Its not fake, but clearly carries a bias.
Yup, those well known lefties John Humphrys, Andrew Neil and Nick Robinson back you all the way, Paxo would as well if he was still there.

Reporting the news is biased? Can you show any other reports of the murder by other organisations where the guys politics aren't mentioned? It's news, they report it.
 
#36
Maybe the BBC should be on a Pay per view or subscription basis, if that is the case expect a lot of unemployed left wing journos out on the streets crying how unfair life is.
Netflix effect poses challenge to UK TV
Interesting demographics - "the median average age of viewers for BBC One, BBC Two and ITV is now over 60.

The BBC, ITV and Channel Four have already held preliminary talks looking at the idea of creating a joint streaming service to compete with Netflix and Amazon."

Don't watch, don't pay.
 
#37
Anyone else wondering why today's coverage is about press freedom rather than irresponsible reporting?

If they reported an arrest and a trial, good.
Anything else is sensationalist fabrication and indefensible. Particularly by spending other people's money.
 
#39
My only issue with Liberace was suing and beating a Daily newspaper who said he was gay and getting mega compensation, when they had told the truth.
It's not like it was a shocking revelation that he may have been a bit camp.

In the same manner as Fred West was a bit sexually violent.



Edited to correct autocorrect to make it correct
 
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#40
Unfortunately my wife refuses to let me deal with our TV licence direct debit as she know it will get instantly cancelled so I can play with the door-step goons. Any fine will be instantly recouped tenfold by the next fee increase.
 

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