The previous blog post covers yet another EU payment to the BBC to help it push the EU agenda in other countries neighbouring the bloc. It reminded me of something I have been meaning to blog for a while, the beginnings of a manifesto for reform of the BBC.
I would really appreciate your ideas and contributions to add to the initial ideas below. This is the first attempt I’ve made at crowdsourcing, so it will be interesting to see how this goes.
Please add your additional suggestions (or suggestions for improving the points below) in the comments so they might be considered or included in a broader piece of work I am planning concerning BBC reform.
Thanks for your help!
Things that need to happen to rein in the BBC if people are to ever trust the organisation and if it is ever to be deserving of public money:
- The Freedom of Information exemption, that is routinely abused by the BBC should be abolished. The only thing that should be kept secret ‘for the purposes of journalism’ are sources for stories who may be at risk if they were exposed
- The way editorial decisions and story selections are made and interviewees are chosen should be open to public scrutiny
- Internal reports that are commissioned about BBC reporting and the slant of its reporters, should be open to public scrutiny
- The BBC Charter should be amended to stop the BBC from broadcasting the opinion of its journalists, masquerading as news
- News should be presented impartially giving all sides of an argument so the viewer can decide for themselves what to think
- BBC journalists should no longer be allowed to advance any agenda in internal BBC workshops to ‘educate’ and ‘inform’ programme makers in non-news areas
- The commissioning or purchase of programmes that are made to influence public thinking on particular subjects should be banned
- … over to you…