I didn't know you were a Glasgow Rangers supporter!Full disclosure: after nearly 15 years, through careful manipulation of scripts and images, I've been conducting a campaign to quietly promote The Teddy Bear Alliance party..
Despite my best efforts I feel I'm not making much headway
Public perception is a real problem I agree.And again I'd respond, as a consumer, that how you describe the BBC's news set-up is not reflected in its output.
Not aimed at you personally - I take in good faith what you're saying - but the even-handed approach and composition of the news team is not something I can perceive of as a result of what I see.
I take your point, but as @Auld-Yin pointed out that just looks like everyone knows what the editor wants in the first place.Maybe you didn't notice the bit where I said I attended the editor's meetings where it's decided what context is offered, what line of questioning will be taken, what questions the researchers put forward.
I'm not sure how an editor influences the personal biases or prejudices the presenter/questioner has. However, when producing a news package our scripts (including questions and responses) have to be approved before editing and I have never seen a script altered for political effect.
Ch4 in second place is surprising. Having said that, they do have the decency to be open about their left wing bias.Channel 4 coming second ? Strange because I thought they were almost as bad as the BBC when they were reporting on Black Lives Matter and BLM would still be the lead story long after they'd been discredited by Gary McFarlane's kamikaze car crash interview on Talk Radio
Nick Robinson went tonto on Rishi Sunak this morning on the Today programme, by far the most aggressive and abrasive interview I've ever heard croaky Nick deliver. It wasn't really an interview, as Sunak wasn't allowed to answer anything without being talked over or interrupted, it was closer to an attack. Robinson spent at least five minutes carping on about a fictional Teaching Assistant who he accused Sunak of effectively reducing the wages of in real terms, coming back again and again until he finally conceded (to himself) he wasn't going to get the Gotcha soundbite he so desperately sought. Then he was off sermonising on overseas aid and Defence spending, Gawd help us.
Sunak did okay, but it sounded to me like he was taken aback by the ferocity of the attack from Robinson.
As per usual, nothing was learnt from the interview, apart from the fact that Nick Robinson is very, very cross with the Tory Government, who he thinks are all very nasty.
Funnily enough, I listened to Today from 0745 to 0900 this morning, and didn't hear mention of Cat Lady Cadwalladr's inelegant climb-down over her allegations of Russian money funding Brexit (Guido link below):
Late last night with the Banks v Cadwalladr hearing scheduled for 10:30 this morning, Carole Cadwalladr finally admitted what we all knew, there was noorder-order.com
I wonder why?
We established that AlJaz, or you could say FOX/CNN, from top-to-bottom, are politically biased.The BBC is a hoofing enormous conglomerate made up of individuals from all walks of life. My experience is limited to it's current affairs and news gathering operations. I have no idea how the luuvies in Manchester operate but I do know that BBC News is as likely to attract journalists from the Spectator as it is the Tribune.
I've worked with correspondents from both ends of the political spectrum and many centre based. The one thing they have in common is that they are professional and will do their upmost to maintain balance.
Whilst I was at BBC Millbank I attended numerous cross-desk editorial meetings involving all the political senior producers and journalists, I've sat in on many senior 'closed door' political editors meetings and I've shot and edited countless BBC political 'packages' and shot innumerable interviews with everyone from the Prime Minister of the day down...
At no point have I ever been instructed to emphasise a particular point or shoot in a certain way, or indeed attempt to make a political point.
If there is an agenda, such as Aljazeera's blatant pro Muslim Brotherhood stance or the Daily Mail's backing of the Tories, I'd be very interested to hear how it's implemented .