Monthly Archives May 2020

BBC reputation balanced against the right of freedom of speech by its journalists is a tricky balance

When I was working in BBC News & Current Affairs in the late 80s/early 90s, the internet was in its infancy and there wasn’t Facebook or YouTube or Twitter.

Also, we had the BBC Guidelines, under DG John Birt, that provided guidance on balance, impartiality and how certain news items were to be reported, particularly during election times, etc.  These days, with 24-hour rolling news and the fragmentation of media and audiences, it’s that much harder to be heard, so journalists use social media as another channel to engage with the audience.

It will be interesting to see what former-BBC boss Richard Sambrook advises in how the BBC continues to steer a path of neutrality in what its journalists report on in this much more complicated media landscape.

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An excellent example of Jugaad Innovation

A brilliant example of Jugaad Innovation for PPE Facemasks for those who need to lip read.

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Implications for data privacy in the UK in the wake of a deal or ‘no deal’ Brexit

Having left the European Union (EU) on 31 January 2020, the UK is currently in a Brexit transition period that runs out on 31 December 2020. Whilst the other 27 Member States of the EU have been grappling with containing the Covid-19 pandemic, you could be forgiven for thinking these countries as well as the UK have taken their eyes off the ball when it comes to striking a Brexit deal.

If you think that to be the case, think again.

If the UK wants an extension, it will need to ask for this by 30 June 2020 and the European Commission has already indicated that in the circumstances this would be granted. But the UK Government has included in the UK’s Withdrawal Agreement a prohibition on seeking any extension to the agreed timetable for getting a deal agreed and is sticking to this.

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Legacy of Lynn Faulds-Wood (1948-2020)

I was really lucky to have worked with Lynn Faulds-Wood and John Stapleton when the dynamic duo presented Watchdog in the early ‘90s.

In those days, the production office was sandwiched between Kilroy (floor below) and That’s Life (floor above) at BBC Lime Grove Studios in Hammersmith (now sadly long gone). However, my memories of working with Lynn and John and meeting them years after we’d all left the show have stayed with me ever since.

I remember Lynn and John saying to me that they thought I wrote really well for TV and they never changed a word of the scripts I would write for them. That was high praise given it was my first AP job in telly.

I had come across from BBC Network Radio in Broadcasting House where we were fond of saying ‘the pictures are better on radio’...

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