It is nice to see that the coalition government is being sensible about letting Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp fully own BSkyB, he and his family already controlled it. In fact the conditions imposed by Jeremy Hunt on Sky News effectively mean that the Murdoch’s news reporting influence in the UK will be reduced.
But the BBC are up in arms over the deal, hardly surprising considering that Rupert Murdoch is their biggest competitor in this country. But he is still very small indeed in the UK compared to the state owned monolith. In fact if the BBC were being balanced and fair they would be criticising their own position.
The BBC have several television channels BBC 1 to 4, BBC News, BBC Parliament, BBC World News and two children’s TV channels. They have national radio channels, BBC Radios 1 to 7 and lots of local radio stations. Then there is BBC online, Europe’s most popular content-based web site. In fact the BBC is the largest broadcast news gathering operation in the world. This is immense power.
And what are the politics that the BBC use to colour this incredibly powerful news coverage? What is their bias? Generally it is socially liberal, left of centre, presumably because their management tend to be Oxbridge graduates who have never worked in the real world. They live a life where the only hypothecated tax in the UK, the television license, is handed them on a plate. They don’t have to go out and earn their money, unlike Rupert Murdoch. And as they are a part of the state themselves they have no time at all for libertarian views.
The BBC took a real hammering by the Labour party over the Hutton enquiry. So there is no doubt that they then under reported Labour spending getting out of control and the way that our rights and freedoms were being taken away. And after the coalition election victory this bias remains. They very rarely mention or attribute any blame for the massive debt. But they blame the bankers for everything and blame the current government for the cuts that were forced on them. Conservative MP Peter Bruinvels called the BBC the “Bolshevik Broadcasting Corporation”. Mark Thompson, BBC’s Director General, says: “In the BBC I joined 30 years ago there was, in much of current affairs, in terms of people’s personal politics, which were quite vocal, a massive bias to the left.” It is still there.
Obviously the BBC needs reporting to the Competition Commission, it is far too big and wields too much power over over our nation. It needs breaking up. And the license fee needs looking at. Why shouldn’t some of it go to other broadcasters like ITV and Rupert Murdoch? Why should our tax to enjoy broadcast content just go to the one organisation?