practice, this is often questioned and the BBC is repeatedly accused
by government of bias towards the opposition, and vice versa. During
times of war, allegations of favouring enemy forces are often levelled
at the BBC, and its unwillingness to use the term ‘terrorist’ leads
critics to question the allegiance of BBC News.
influence on BBC News
BBC appointments are assessed by the media and political establishment
for signs of political bias.
recent drafting in of Nick Robinson from ITN as political editor
was a particularly
has been accused of displaying political bias in favour of the
Conservative Party, and was indeed chair
of the Young Conservatives while studying at university.
naming of a journalist with such overt views as political editor
to sit uncomfortably within the BBC’s stated policy of political
impartiality, but it must be recalled that Robinson replaced Andrew
Marr, a former editor of The Independent and member of the Labour
News aspires to be the world’s
most trusted news organisation: independent, impartial and honest.
It aims to
be truthful and fair, offering journalism that explores multiple
viewpoints and gives voice to a wide range of opinions. BBC News
seeks to act in the public interest and to resist pressure from political
parties, lobby groups or commercial interests.'
BBC News Remit