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October 15, 2007

Troubled Times for BBC

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The International Herald Tribune reports today that the BBC is struggling to adapt to the digital age, taking on too much, and resulting, some critics say, in quality lapses. The IHT notes:

A BBC investigation has uncovered 10 instances in which audiences were misled.

In one case, the producers of a BBC children's program called "Blue Peter" disregarded an online vote to name a cat that appears on the show, calling it "Socks," rather than "Cookie," the name the voters had chosen. . .

We can think of a few more instances in which audiences were misled on more substantive matters.

Also, despite cutbacks, the "BBC World Service, an overseas arm that gets its funding directly from the government, plans to start television news channels in Arabic and Farsi," according to the IHT.

Posted by TS at October 15, 2007 02:22 AM


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