#DefundtheBBC: the anatomy of a social media campaign – Steven Barnett and Doug Specht

11 06 2020

As Black Lives Matter protests swept through parts of Britain after the killing of George Floyd in the US, a self-described Conservative student, James Yucel, became so disillusioned with what he interpreted as left-wing bias at the BBC that he established a campaign that he christened “Defund the BBC”. Read the rest of this entry »





BBC: the licence fee is a small price to pay for a service that unites the UK

23 02 2020

Anyone who owns a television set in the UK is obliged, by law, to pay a licence fee which has always enabled the BBC to exist as an independent entity. But a recent Sunday Times article (paywalled) has announced the UK government’s intention to abolish the BBC licence fee. Read the rest of this entry »





The BBC, Bias and Brexit – Julian Petley

9 02 2020

The BBC had a poor election and a poor Brexit, being accused of political bias by both Left and Right, both Leave and Remain. It tends to respond in such circumstances that this shows that it has got the political balance of its coverage about right. Read the rest of this entry »





BBC Panorama on anti-semitism: a catalogue of reporting failures – Media Reform Coalition

12 08 2019

The BBC transmitted an edition of Panorama on 10 July called ‘Is Labour Anti-Semitic?’, presented by John Ware. It contained allegations that senior Labour figures close to Jeremy Corbyn had interfered with the internal investigations process and that the Party was insufficiently committed to tackling anti-semitism within its own ranks. Read the rest of this entry »





Sir Cliff Richard privacy case: BBC announces decision not to seek permission to appeal

16 08 2018

The BBC has announced that it will not seek permission to appeal against the judgment of Mann J awarding Sir Cliff Richard privacy damages of £210,000 ([2018] EWHC 1837 (Ch)). Read the rest of this entry »





News: Sir Cliff Richard wins privacy claim against BBC, general damages of £210,000

18 07 2018

Mr Justice Mann today handed down judgment in the case of Sir Cliff Richard OBE v BBC [2018] EWHC 1837 (Ch)).  The Judge held that the BBC’s reporting infringed Sir Cliff’s privacy rights. General and aggravated damages of £210,000 were awarded. A further hearing will be held to assess special damages. Read the rest of this entry »





Case: XKF v BBC, Former police officer granted injunction to restrain broadcast of interview highlighting criminal past – Tom Dane

12 06 2018

In XKF v BBC former police officer applied for relief restraining the broadcast by the respondent BBC of an interview of him recorded near his home. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Report, Sir Cliff Richard v BBC, Day 13, Closing submissions concluded, judgment reserved.

10 05 2018

On the last day of the trial in the case of Sir Cliff Richard v BBC, Mr Justice Mann heard the final closing submissions from the BBC’s Counsel, Gavin Millar QC.   Judgment was reserved and will be handed down at a later date. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Report, Sir Cliff Richard v BBC, Day 9, Editor “not concerned” by raid helicopter footage – Media Lawyer

25 04 2018

A senior BBC editor told Mr Justice Mann that he had no concerns about the broadcasting of images taken from a helicopter during coverage of a police search of Sir Cliff Richard’s home nearly four years ago. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Report, Sir Cliff Richard v BBC, Day 8, Editor: BBC could have faced criticism for not reporting investigation – Media Lawyer

24 04 2018

The BBC might have faced criticism if it had not reported that Sir Cliff Richard was the subject of a police investigation, an editor has told a High Court judge.  Gary Smith told Mr Justice Mann that the BBC could have been accused of not reporting a matter of high public interest because the singer was a high-profile figure. Read the rest of this entry »