BBC Today programme falls over

PJ Harvey

PJ Harvey

Towards the end of last year, I defended the BBC Today programme for giving air time to Anjem Choudary.  Today, I have more stringent words for the BBC’s concept of political balance.

The Today programme on 2 January 2014 had invited someone called PJ Harvey to be its guest editor.  The result was an anti-war, leftie rant against Britain, ably supported by civil rights lawyers milking the legal aid system and the Wikileaks chap whose name I have forgotten or cannot spell or both!

I listen to the Today programme almost every day, frequently from beginning to end. I can’t remember a previous programme where I reached for the off button but, for today’s Today, I did.  It was when we were invited to listen to some ghastly poem but I had come close to it several times.

Hairy Leftie

Hairy Leftie

We started with a retrospect of the Mau Mau uprising 62 years ago; moved on to John Pilger spouting more leftie views and then, I suppose it was inevitable, Rowan Williams.

If I had looked at the Daily Telegraph before 6:00 am, I would have had a warning from James Delingpole.  You should read this on http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/jamesdelingpole/100252488/choosing-julian-assange-to-read-thought-for-the-day-is-like-picking-bryan-adams-and-celine-dion-as-your-desert-island-discs/

I have challenged the BBC to strike some sort of balance by inviting some or all of the following as a guest editor: Charles Moore, Richard Dannatt, Simon Heffer and Peter Oborne but I am not holding my breath.

Come on @BBCr4Today, this was a disgrace this morning and you can do so much better.

About Keith R Mitchell CBE

Qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1967. Pursued a successful career in financial training and publishing until selling his interests in 1990. Elected a County Councillor for the Bloxham Division in 1989. Leader of Oxfordshire County Council 5 November 2001 to 15 May 2012. Chairman of the South East England Regional Planning Committee July 2002 to July 2005. Chairman of the South East England Regional Assembly July 2005 to July 2008. In HM the Queen’s 2007 Birthday Honours, appointed a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in recognition of services to local government.
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