Friday, March 30, 2007

Is the BBC finally facing up to its regional bias?

As somebody who grew up in the North I can well remember the feeling that the BBC, our national broadcaster, was really not interested in anything north of Watford. If it snowed in London and the tubes were a minute late it led the bulletins. If we were snowed in up in Lancashire it might get a mention on North West tonight.

Hence it was great to see Kevin Marsh (the oddly titled editor of the BBC College of Journalism) questioning why the murder of one teenager went unreported and another got blanket coverage. He strongly suggests that it was because purely because one died in Nottingham and the other in West London. Of course its one thing for one person to raise the issue and for a whole institution to change its ways. But still baby steps.

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