Tuesday, June 19, 2007

BBC Impartiality Report (continued)

For a review concerned with the issue of impartiality, it is strange to find that the BBC thinks it institutionally supports equality for gay people (see yesterday's blog). This is especially true when you consider that a report by Stonewall, a major lgb rights organisation, was critical of the BBC's lack of lgb programming (see blogs on 28 February 2006 and 1 March 2006).

The BBC didn't like the message of Stonewall's report, resulting in not even a single mention of it in their own 'impartiality review'

BBC News has had little or no coverage of Pride marches for the past few years and, as regular readers of this blog know, Newsround and CBBC have given no support to lgbt kids - something which is badly needed to help combat homophobia in schools.

I told the BBC that there is a lot of ground to be made up. I hope that Newsround will at last want to cover news relevant to a significant proportion of its target audience - an item about homophobic bullying, or maybe a presspack report from someone with lesbian or gay parents, or a Pride march perhaps.

Mark Byford interviewed about the new impartiality report.

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