BBC and the European Scrutiny Committee, Scrutinising the Scrutineers: Part 3 – Julian Petley

25 04 2015

EU ParliamentUK media coverage of EU issues is frequently superficial and plagued by basic errors. The BBC, and others, must work to change this.  Part 1  of this post was published on 17 April 2015 and Part 2 on 19 April 2015. Read the rest of this entry »

BBC and the European Scrutiny Committee: Scrutinising the Scrutineers, Part 2 – Julian Petley

19 04 2015

Jacob Rees-MoggInfuriated by the BBC’s lack of coverage of its work, The European Scrutiny committee is at the centre of a discussion about the ‘limits’ of the corporation’s independence.  Part 1  of this post was published on 17 April 2015. Read the rest of this entry »

BBC and the European Scrutiny Committee: Scrutinising the Scrutineers, Part 1 – Julian Petley

17 04 2015

EU CommissionThe European Scrutiny Committee has locked horns with the BBC, repeatedly accusing it of a pro-EU bias. Is the corporation’s editorial independence under threat?  Read the rest of this entry »

Future of BBC should not be left to this committee of MPs – Steven Barnett

28 02 2015

BBCWith the BBC’s Charter due to expire at the end of next year, and the coalition reluctant to start the consultation ball rolling so close to May’s general election, it was entirely appropriate that the Culture, Media and Sport select committee should produce its own report to influence the process. Read the rest of this entry »

Case Law: Tesla Motors v BBC, Top Gear up before Top Judges – Rosalind English

7 03 2013

Top GearIn the case of Tesla Motors v BBC ([2013] EWCA Civ 152) the Court of Appeal refused an appeal against the strike out of a libel claim against the BBC in relation to a review of an electric sports car by the “Top Gear” programme. The judge below had been correct in concluding that there was no sufficient prospect of the manufacturer recovering a substantial sum of damages such as to justify continuing the case to trial. Read the rest of this entry »

Libel Claims against ITV and Twitter – Lord McAlpine and the restoration of reputation [Updated]

20 11 2012

As we pointed out last week, Lord McAlpine’s reputation was severely damaged by the event surrounding the ill-conceived Newsnight broadcast of 2 November 2012. That damage was caused in part by the publication on Twitter of material which linked him to the unidentified individual mentioned in the broadcast.  Lord McAlpine was plainly entitled to have his reputation restored.  This was, in practice, substantially achieved by the apology given by the BBC on 10 November 2012. Read the rest of this entry »

Libel damages and Lord McAlpine: did the BBC pay too much?

16 11 2012

There is no doubt that Lord McAlpine has been badly treated by the BBC. The Newsnight broadcast on 2 November 2012 about sexual abuse in children’s homes in North Wales in the 1970s and 1980s referred to “a leading Tory politician of the Thatcher era”.  Although he was not mentioned by name, this individual being referred to was Lord McAlpine.  He was identified before transmission on Twitter and was foreseeably identified afterwards by large numbers of people.  The report was wrong – as the BBC admitted on 10 November 2012.  It issued an unreserved apology. Read the rest of this entry »


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