BBC Under Ofcom Investigation For Bias

BBC Bias (dis)Content Warning by domestic empire

The national broadcaster is frequently criticised for abandoning impartiality to act as a government mouthpiece. Ofcom considers accusations substantial enough to require investigation of the Corporation’s practices.

Source: Breaking: BBC under Ofcom investigation for bias

Propaganda and the UK Press – Who Owns The Media?

Over 3/4 of the UK press is owned by billionaires with vested interests. This is NOT news it's propaganda. #wakeup #jc4pm

Over 3/4 of the UK press is owned by billionaires with vested interests. This is NOT news it’s propaganda.
#wakeup #jc4pm

Britain has one of the most concentrated media environments in the world, with 3 companies in control of 71% of national newspaper circulation and 5 companies in command of 81% of local newspaper titles.

The hacking scandal and its aftermath demonstrated how that power has been used nationally, whilst at local level community after community is losing the means to publicly hold power to account.

Urgent reform is needed to reclaim the media in the interest of the public.
Who owns the UK media? – Media Reform Coalition

Who owns the UK media – report plus appendix (2015)Download (pdf 2.52 MB) the Media Reform Coalition’s latest ownership report on Who owns the UK media?

Update: Also read…

Post-Democratic Broadcasting by Tom Mills London Review of Books

John McDonnell leaves reporters speechless after tearing apart their bias at a live press conference [VIDEO]

A BBC Radio listener has caught the broadcaster dead to rights in its pro-Tory bias

updated: 16:34 20 May 2017

Matthew Edwards and the Unfortunates

Matthew Edwards and The Unfortunates Live at the Hare & Hounds Birmingham Poster

Matthew Edwards and the Unfortunates (as heard on Dandelion Radio, The Shed and the BBC) are playing a special gig at the Hare And Hounds in Birmingham with support from Earthling Society, Friday April 10th.

Matthew says, “This is our first major Birmingham show of the year and what a terrific bill it is. We are joined by Lancashire’s finest krautrock exponents Earthling Society and Swordfish Records esteemed Swordfish Sound System. This will be our only B’ham performance for a while as we are going walkabout (recording, London, festivals) for the Summer. It’s only 6 quid and Earthling Society open the night at 9PM.”

Update:
On the same day (April 10) Matthew Edwards will be appearing live on the Adrian Goldberg show on BBC WM at 8.45AM. On BBC iPlayer now – fast forward to 1hr 49mins 09secs to hear Matthew chat and perform a solo acoustic version of The English Blues.

The Fates by Matthew Edwards And The Unfortunates is available from
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New Adam Curtis Film ‘Bitter Lake’ Trailer

Trailer for Bitter Lake by Adam Curtis

Politicians used to have the confidence to tell us stories that made sense of the chaos of world events.

But now there are no big stories and politicians react randomly to every new crisis – leaving us bewildered and disorientated.

And journalism – that used to tell a grand, unfurling narrative – now also just relays disjointed and often wildly contradictory fragments of information.

Events come and go like waves of a fever. We – and the journalists – live in a state of continual delirium, constantly waiting for the next news event to loom out of the fog – and then disappear again, unexplained.

And the formats – in news and documentaries – have become so rigid and repetitive that the audiences never really look at them.

In the face of this people retreat from journalism and politics. They turn away into their own worlds, and the stories they and their friends tell each other.

I think this is wrong, sad, and bad for democracy – because it means the politicians become more and more unaccountable.

I have made a film that tries to respond to this in two ways.

It tells a big story about why the stories we are told today have stopped making sense.

But it is also an experiment in a new way of reporting the world. To do this I’ve used techniques that you wouldn’t normally associate with TV journalism. My aim is to make something more emotional and involving – so it reconnects and feels more real.

BBC iPlayer has given me the opportunity to do this – because it isn’t restrained by the rigid formats and schedules of network television. It’s a place you can go to experiment and try out new ideas.

It is also liberating – both because things can be any length, and also because it allows the audience to watch the films in different ways.

The film is called Bitter Lake. It is a bit of an epic – it’s two hours twenty minutes long.

Continue reading Adam Curtis’ post and watch the trailer here
Adam Curtis
http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/adamcurtis/posts/TRAILER-TRASH

BBC Writer Advocates Murder Over Democratic Free Speech

Writer chosen to write Assange-inspired comedy advocates murder over democratic free speech in production due to be broadcast in the run-up to the general election. And that’s the way the BBC works, because every little bit helps.

BBC propaganda writer Thom Phipps lets it slip.

“if the met want to regain my trust they should drag Assange out the embassy + shoot him in the back of th head in the middle of traf square” – Writer Thom Phipps’ tweet https://twitter.com/thwphipps/status/236073062531997696

“Written by Thom Phipps and Peter Bowden, the comedy is part of a BBC season next year called Taking Liberties, celebrating 800 years of Magna Carta and exploring democracy in the run-up to the general election.” – http://www.theguardian.com/media/2014/dec/11/ben-miller-bbc4-comedy-asylum-julian-assange

Propaganda works best when its subtlety woven into the media fabric.

UPDATE:
Noticing he’d been rumbled, Thom Phipps removed the guilty tweet. But before he did, we took a full screenshot and present it for you here – please share. Download Thom Phipps’ Guilty Tweet