BBC Exec: We Ignore Our Own Viewers

October 26, 2006

Bbc_1British Broadcasting Corporation executives and on-air talent recently slammed the BBC for being biased. Now a senior BBC exec has admitted the broadcaster’s politically correct views are at odds with most of its viewers.

According to the Evening Standard:

"BBC commissioning editor for documentaries Richard Klein admitted the broadcaster was out of touch with the British public, saying it was guilty of ‘ignoring’ mainstream opinion.

Speaking to a room full of TV viewers and BBC staff, he suggested that if the current situation continued it could affect the organisation’s long-term future.

Klein said: ‘By and large, people who work at the BBC think the same and it’s not the way the audience thinks. That’s not long term sustainable.’…

Klein, who made his views known at an ‘audience festival’ organised by the BBC last week to find out what its viewers think, admitted that the BBC’s liberal internal culture did not match that of the wider British public.

Last month the corporation was deluged with complaints after a Muslim extremist was given 12 minutes of airtime on Radio 4’s flagship Today programme.

The BBC was also criticised last year after it was revealed that the corporation had cautioned journalists against using the word terrorist – claiming the word was too judgmental."


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