Thursday, 28 October 2010
it's a BBC world
Nick Cohen makes the point that the BBC is now having to fund the World Service, from which licence payers get no benefit, but that DfID's budget is ring-fenced, and quite often is spent propping up dictators. So maybe the World Service should be funded by DfID, because it actually brings sound journalism and truth (yes, really) to peoples who have no other access to it. Yes, maybe it should. I have to declare an interest as a former employee, 13 years hard graft and now a BBC pensioner. He cites Dambisa Moyo, a Zambian economist I am sorry to say I had never heard of until this week, will read her. Apparently Nigel Lawson also cited her recently, coming from a rather different political standpoint from Cohen. Worth a thought, say I. His Master's Voice, however, referring to the bit of the BBC World Service that is in Reading, BBC Monitoring, where I spent most of those 13 years, and which brought me to Reading in the first place, says everything is going to be Just Fine. It Says Here. Usual unrivalled commitment to investigative journalism and The Facts. Not.