I’m responding to a number of your appeals on various programmes for feedback about the BBC and how it’s run so here’s my comments:
I have to say that I find the BBC isn’t as transparent as I think it should be. For example, myself and my MP have found it difficult to find out the costs of how much was spent on sending news teams to the United States to cover the last Obama election. Considering this is public money I find this rebuff out of order and smacks of arrogance.
Equally dissatisfactory is the complaints procedure which is more setup to deflect criticism rather than take the comments on board. There seems to be a certain smugness about this procedure that attempts to treat the license fee payer with disdain. I have tried this route a number of times and I find it reflects a rather monolithic experience. This isn’t good enough and the complaints staff should show due respect to the customer. This aspect of the BBC should be reviewed immediatley.
Pushing the BBC’s Viewpoint
The BBC appears, to those receiving the broadcasts, that it pushes its own agenda. Whilst it may want to be apolitical, it does not always come over as this and its attempts at neutrality seem to have a bias towards a certain political viewpoint. The Jeremy Vine show is a case in point. It’s so “Liberal” it only attracts a certain type of listener. We have to respect that not everybody has a mainstream viewpoint and I believe by ignoring some of the more radical elements in British society today, the BBC is failing to engage with those who need challenging, and if they are right, should we not discuss this as a nation by the nations broadcaster?
Communication, culture and social media
The BBC seems to have abandoned the idea of celebrating Britain and British culture. It is awash with creeping Americanisms and seems unable to stand up for British values and culture. For example, if you listen to the news, the only attention being paid is by people who use “Twitter”. This is singularly wrong as not everybody uses this or other “Social media”, it’s just a journalists tool for broadcasting. You have to remember that some people do work and aren’t in front of a phone or computer all day or simply choose not to use social media. Thus the BBC is deliberately choosing not to engage with a large part of the population – what kind of biased picture are your trendy news people getting as a result? This is simply unacceptable. The Steve Wright Show on Radio 2 and all your news output is so affected by this that I feel as if I live in a digitally divided society – and I’m an IT Consultant!
Another dimension to this is that the British opinion doesn’t count unless it agrees with American policy – your news teams are biased towards American opinion rather than recognising we are an independent nation with a longer tradition and history than the USA and we have as much if not more to offer the planet, especially in terms of education, creative thinking and leadership. We should not be cowed by the Americans and we should be proud of what we do and how we do it – and that includes the premier broadcasting institution, The BBC. The British Broadcasting Corporation.
I would be interested in your comments but it is a point of regret that whilst I may have wasted 30 minutes of my life writing this for the greater good of the nation, I strongly suspect it will fall on stony ground, but at least I have had my say. And the power of the Internet means at least it can be read by more than the BBC management as the Internet is the greatest liberating social tool since Caxton’s printing press.
I remain respectfully yours,