BBC – only the news they want you to know

Perhaps the BBC acronym should be short for Bias By Censorship.  One of the big stories in the EU today was the news that the UK, Sweden and the Netherlands refused to sign off the EU’s accounts for the last year. It is the first time these countries have voted against accepting the accounts, as they usually abstain.

The story is covered in detail on the EUobserver website.  But if you were surfing around the world’s most extensive news gathering organisation’s website, you would not find anything to suggest it ever happened.  Here’s a snapshot of the BBC Europe page.  And here’s one of the BBC Politics page.  Nothing. Nada. Zip.

In fairness, the BBC has mentioned the story.  It is buried in paragraph 9 of their article about the government’s criticism of pay rises for EU staff.  However the BBC gave more prominence in the article to Labour saying the government must accept some of the blame for the plans to increase Eurocrat salaries.  It prefers to gloss over a significant issue concerning what is now 17 years of controversy, lack of transparency and breeding ground for fraud that is the EU’s finances.

Of course this couldn’t possibly have anything to do with the BBC’s pro-EU stance and cosy financial relationship that has seen it receive nearly £3million in grant money from the European Union over the past four years…

7 Responses to “BBC – only the news they want you to know”


  1. 1 ProgContra 22/02/2012 at 11:24 am

    It’s also worth noting that the BBC has still not covered the Gleick confession and subsequent fall-out, even though the odious Richard Black covered the initial release of documents early on.

  2. 2 Alfred the Ordinary (@AlfredtheO) 22/02/2012 at 11:32 am

    “The Record”, 9am BBC Parliament did mention it today. There is an area, or two, in the BEEB that are running slightly contrary to the BEEB’s “USA BAD/EU GOOD” editorial policy. Let’s hope that those areas grow before that little flame of hope is snuffed out.

    The recent three part series on “Europe’s Choice”, Radio 4 was encouragingly critical of the EU. Episode 3 is still available. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01bwddj

  3. 3 james higham 22/02/2012 at 8:56 pm

    receive nearly £3million in grant money from the European Union over the past four years…

    Not to mention the regions.

  4. 4 A K Haart 22/02/2012 at 9:32 pm

    “It is buried in paragraph 9 of their article about the government’s criticism of pay rises for EU staff. ”

    The BBC does this kind of buried coverage quite regularly, presumably so they can always claim to have reported unpalatable (to them) issues.

  5. 5 don wreford 23/02/2012 at 6:00 am

    Endemic, why would we want our disease, any other way?

  6. 6 john in cheshire 23/02/2012 at 9:19 pm

    Well, this is just like the bbc reporting about the widespread muslim grooming, underage sex and rape of white English girls. That dozens of muslim men are currently being taken through the courts for such disgusting acts. But the bbc can’t bring themselves to name the religion of peace as integral to the whole bestial behaviour. The only way we get to know the background of these animals is by the names they are charged under. mohammed might be the top name for new births these days, it’s also the top name for repulsive acts by muslims against Christians.

  7. 7 stewgreen 25/02/2012 at 7:08 pm

    UK out on it’s own as Cameron vetoes the FTT (finance taxes) was the headline for days

    … except the Czech Republic didn’t join either, but why spoil a nice headline with truth


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