BBC journos to attend mandatory course to stop EU bias

Posted: October 21, 2015 by oldbrew in bbcbias, Politics, propaganda

No reporting bias please, we're British [image credit: BBC]

No reporting bias please, we’re British [image credit: BBC]

BBC journalists are to be sent on a compulsory training course about the European Union (EU) in an attempt to ensure impartiality ahead of Britain’s referendum, reports Breitbart London.

BBC News director James Harding told parliament’s European scrutiny committee that all BBC reporters, including newsreaders, will be sent on the mandatory retraining course, and admitted the state broadcaster’s impartiality would be “tested” by the referendum.

The BBC has frequently faced accusations of pro-EU bias. Just last month, Conservative MP Bernard Jenkin used BBC Radio 4’s Today programme to accuse the corporation of “cultural bias” in favour of the European Union, something strongly denied by presenter James Naughtie who called Jenkin’s complaint “tedious”.

Yesterday, Mr Harding told MPs: “We know this will be a period really of great scrutiny of our coverage, so our view is that we should reinstate mandatory training of all BBC journalists, so that they are as well-informed as possible of the issues around the workings of the institutions of the EU and its relationship to the UK.” He also defended the BBC’s tendency to refer to the EU as “Europe”, a practice that has been slammed by UKIP leader Nigel Farage as “inaccurate” and “dishonest”.

Mr Farage wrote in an open letter: “The Electoral Commission has suggested that the question be ‘Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?’ “I believe reporting should reflect this deliberate selection of words. The debate is not about whether Britain should remain in Europe, a geographic reality, but the European Union, a political construction.”

However, Mr Harding said: “My view is that we should try at all times to make the point that it’s the EU, but we’ve also got to accept that there will be conversational circumstances in which at the second, third, fourth reference people will use ‘Europe’ as shorthand. I think that as long as it’s clear and understood, that works.”

Full report: BBC Journos Forced To Attend Mandatory Course To Stop EU Bias

  1. oldbrew says:

    Look at the ‘Related’ post titles above e.g. ‘£22m bung’ 😉

  2. ivan says:

    Is that to help them to be sure that staying in the EU is the correct way to look at it just like climate science?

  3. BLACK PEARL says:

    Yes that’s a nice little sweetener
    What does £22m buy ?

  4. Modern “europe” is a fiction. It isn’t a separate landmass like Africa, America. India on its own tectonic plate and with the Himalayas separating it from Eur-Asia is much more a separate continent than West Eur-asia. And as far as I can see, it is purely a racist concept intended to separate western Eur-asians from those nasty Russians.

    But worth of all – Britain never was part of any “Europe”, because the Greeks referred to “Europe” as the mainland as far as “the ocean” (North sea) and beyond Europe was Britain.

  5. tchannon says:


    “BBC journalists are to be sent on a compulsory training course about the European Union (EU) in an attempt to ensure impartiality ahead of Britain’s referendum.”


    ‘BBC journalists are to be sent on a compulsory training course about the European Union (EU) in an attempt to ensure impartiality ahead of Britain’s referendum.’

  6. michael hart says:

    I wonder, is this going to be at all like the training course at the BBC given by a Richard Black, telling the assembled how the BBC should report about global warming enviro-twaddle? (Hard and often, seems to be the received take-home message.)

    Or is there a BBC funding review on the very near horizon?

  7. tchannon says:

    Additional point: Why is there no in-house but independent impartiality department?

    Proactive policing within organisations is always difficult but no problem for competently managed bodies. Usually the department is physically separated, shares no staff and joins only on the board with a dedicated director answering directly to the chief. There are several remits likely for this kind of thing.
    VW don’t have one, Siemens don’t, a whole raft of companies don’t. Government, ho ho.

    The EU doesn’t, odd how a spokesman for Junkers described part of his job as rebutting… with provided evidence of spinning, pants caught around ankles, him trying to wriggle out.

    Over the years I have been baffled on why hardly any bodies try to build trust by playing completely straight.

    In a seminal book on Quality, technical meaning (conformance to specification), a strong theme, a truism, is that you cannot test in quality, extends to everything. Has to be designed in from the start, get it right first time. Test is merely monitoring.

  8. Curious George says:

    The mandatory retraining course will be held in a former Chinese re-education camp. These institutions had a 80% success rate (i.e., a survival rate.)

  9. Fanakapan says:

    Meanwhile, and after 30 odd years of predominantly Euro Sceptic government, we are treated to the sight of once mighty Britain bending double to become a Chinese client state ?

    It would also be worth considering that Belgium now has a significantly higher per capita GDP than dear old Blighty, and yet, rather than enter into the EU project with some hope of emulating even Belgium’s apparent success, the anti EU crowd still imagine that the UK would be better off doing business with ‘Developing’ (the late Bernard Manning had a better description) economies that cant even offer the majority of their own citizens a lifestyle befitting existence in the 21st century 🙂

  10. tallbloke says:

    “Curiously, Newsnight pulled the plug on a new YouGov poll showing just a percentage point difference between the Leavers and the Remainers last night. 5,000 people were surveyed online for the What UK Thinks website, one of the largest recent sample sizes on the referendum. The numbers were lined up for Newsnight, yet they were pulled at 10:28pm. Matthew Goodwin, one of the academics who carried out the research, ain’t impressed, telling Guido:

    “I am disappointed that despite promises of coverage a large survey, funded by a research council and relevant to the national debate, was shunted at the last minute with no warning.”
    Newsnight say it was a “timing” issue…

    The survey also asked how people would vote when prompted with different scenarios about whether the party leaders recommended to Remain or Leave. Farage looks pretty priced in, though the data suggests if Corbyn stuck to his Bennite Eurosceptic principles and backed a Leave vote that could swing it. Either way, it’s all to play for…”

  11. junkkmale says:

    ‘an attempt to ensure impartiality’

    Yes, well, at least they are set to at least have a valiant stab. Again. Good luck with that on past and present evidence.

    Not exactly a glowing endorsement of the professional standards or abilities to date of a £4B per annum social engineering, policy-shaping media monopoly, is it?

  12. Fanakapan says:

    ”Fanakapan: you’re assuming mutual exclusion.”

    No, I’m assuming that after 30 years of NeoLiberal capitalism that sold the idea that what Europe was doing was somehow unworkable in Britain, we’re now effectively on the brink of becoming a third world economy. And it seems government policy is now to make British workers more like those in China and the USA.

    Given that governments we have elected here have presided over this steady decline since the war, it might be the case that some direction from the EU behemoth might be better ? god knows it could not be any worse 🙂

  13. oldbrew says:

    ‘god knows it could not be any worse’

    Been to Greece lately?

  14. Curious George says:

    World Bank data, GDP per capita ($)

    Belgium 2011 47,801.6 2014 47,516.5
    UK 2011 40,974.7 2014 45,603.3

    I leave it up to Her Majesty’s subjects to draw conclusions.

  15. Fanakapan says:

    ”Been to Greece lately?”

    I’ll save the shoe leather and just wait here in Blighty, with what Osborne will have to try and pull, in order to impact the deficit by 2020, there’ll be little difference 🙂

    Coming out of the EU and adopting a radcally different approach from that employed since 79, most likely with a different cast of government characters would be an interesting punt. Coming out and keeping the same Plutocrat Clowns running things verges on insanity.

  16. oldbrew says:

    Will the BBC report this?

    ‘Europe’s glory days at an end, warns Juncker’

    ‘The European Union faces long-term economic decline and the “love affair” of integration is at risk, Jean Claude-Juncker has said in a downbeat assessment of the bloc’s future.

    “Economically, we see the end of Europe’s glorious years compared with what others are doing,” the president of the European Commission said.’

    ‘European Central Bank President Mario Draghi sent a stronger signal Thursday that the bank is prepared to expand its already massive bond-buying program’

    ‘Global stocks rose and the euro sank against the U.S. dollar on the news.’

  17. oldbrew says:


    ‘Senior Tories warned that taking so much money from the EU will undermine the BBC’s reputation for independence when the broadcaster will be reporting on the EU referendum campaign.’

    Shouldn’t that say ‘further undermine’?