The BBC and the t-word: the saga continues

[BBC board of governors chairman Michael] Grade was also questioned on the Today programme about the controversy surrounding the BBC’s coverage of the London bomb attacks.

When pressed to say whether the perpetrators of the attacks were terrorists, he replied: “Yes, and the BBC had been describing them as such.

“Not only my view, it’s the view of all BBC journalists and editors and it has been very clearly signalled in all our news outlets

“The fact is that the BBC’s coverage has used the words ‘terror, terrorist’ very freely on all our major news outlets. There was some subediting on a couple of pages of a website that I haven’t got to the bottom of yet but which the director general I am sure will tell the governors about.”

MediaGuardian, July 19, 2005

The BBC has rejected a call made by an independent panel studying charges of bias in its coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to change its editorial policies on the use of the word “terrorist” and appoint a senior editor to oversee its Middle East coverage.

Using the word “terrorist” to describe attacks on civilians, BBC management argued in a paper released June 19, would make the “very value judgments” it had been asked to eschew.

The Jerusalem Post, June 29, 2006


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