Richard Sambrook hits back


by Sunny
31st March, 2009 at 1:44 am    

The BBC’s global director of news, Richard Sambrook, replies to Nick Cohen’s column in the Observer:

He finishes by saying the BBC has a public duty to invest and broadcast the journalism others cannot afford. That would be why we maintain the biggest network of correspondents and bureaux of any broadcaster or newspaper and why today more money goes into journalism than at any time in the BBC’s history.

But to discover that, Nick might have had to do some research.

Pwned.
But look, the BBC is a vast left-wing conspiracy, so obviously you cannot believe anything they say. But you may want to listen to a freelance journalist.


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  1. pickles

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    http://www.pickledpolitics.com/archives/4018 Actually I’m more “unemployed writer” than “freelance journo”.


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  1. cjcjc — on 31st March, 2009 at 6:08 am  

    Leaving aside BBC bias – about which we will obviously disagree – it is true that the BBC is massively top-heavy, and cuts are being made in news are they not?

    Your campaigns against Cohen and Gilligan are rather sad…careful or you’ll begin to resemble that obsessive bloggerheads bloke.

  2. KT1 — on 31st March, 2009 at 7:53 am  

    Discredited right-wing commentator comes to the defence of discredited right-wing hacks! Quelle surprise! The Pope’s Catholic you say?

    Policy Exchange forced to apologise for lying, a drunken Cohen humiliates himself, a racist Gilligan disgraces himself even further – your lot aren’t having a great time of it, eh?

    (From Cohen’s pathetic anti-blogging article linked to above)

    The best reason for wanting my colleagues to survive is that serious reporters and broadcasters offer a guarantee that what they say is true

    – except for people like Cohen, Martin Bright, Gilligan, etc etc. Fuck Cohen, let’s do what his editors should be doing and hang him out to dry.

  3. cjcjc — on 31st March, 2009 at 8:03 am  

    I love the macho tone of the blogosphere, don’t you?

    “Hang him out to dry??”
    As they say…you and whose army?

  4. organic cheeseboard — on 31st March, 2009 at 8:05 am  

    it’d be nice if the author of Cohen’s piece hadn’t published a book called what’s left, in 2007, which was mainly researched using untrustworthy blogs, was never fact-checked, and as a result which contained numerous utterly indefensible howlers of untruth…

  5. munir — on 31st March, 2009 at 8:17 am  

    organic cheeseboard
    “it’d be nice if the author of Cohen’s piece hadn’t published a book called what’s left, in 2007, which was mainly researched using untrustworthy blogs, was never fact-checked, and as a result which contained numerous utterly indefensible howlers of untruth…”

    Coehn’s work is full of poorly researched rubbish only included because its supports his right wing worldview. His trumpetting of Hassan Butt, an obvious fraud , is a case in point. Since this guy has been exposed Cohen has dropped any mention of him or his previous advocacy of him.

  6. shariq — on 31st March, 2009 at 9:30 am  

    Agreed abt the importance of the BBC. However, does anyone know why Radio 1, Radio 2 and BBC 3 aren’t scrapped/privatised.

  7. cjcjc — on 31st March, 2009 at 9:51 am  

    The worry – even for me – is that the more bloated and arrogant the BBC becomes, the more likely it is that some future government will want to privatise the lot.

    Of course current management only cares about justifying current huge salaries (and pensions) *today*. And the way they do that is by comparing themselves to the commercial sector, and the only way they can justify that is by being commercial themselves. (Without the revenue risk of the commercial sector of course!)

    They therefore can’t cut the “rubbish” without putting their whole gravy train at risk.

    But the whole behemoth is becoming unsustainable.

    If they don’t cut a bit now, someone will cut the whole thing down later.

    Even I don’t want that.

  8. Sid — on 31st March, 2009 at 10:00 am  

    Oh the BBC, are they in our good books again? The very same BBC which you yourself have (rightly) discredited over its failure (“Baffling” and “Disgusting” you said) to broadcast a humanitarian appeal for the victims of the Gaza attacks?

    Here, here and here.

  9. King King — on 31st March, 2009 at 11:16 am  

    Why do I detect a growing rift between Sid and Sunny? Sid, who by his own admission is an apologist for the worst sort of moral whatabouttery as espoused by David T and HP Sauce; and Sunny, who believes in things like human rights for all people, including Muslims, and goes along to such pro-Islamist events as the Convention on Modern Liberties.

    Sid, just ’cause he quoted a BBC bod to highlight a point about your disgraced mate Nick Cohen, doesn’t mean Sunny has now reversed his position. Otherwise I’d call you a racist far-right loon for using various far-right sources in your attacks on Muslims.

  10. Sid — on 31st March, 2009 at 11:26 am  

    What the fuck are you smoking?

  11. Sarah — on 31st March, 2009 at 8:36 pm  

    @ Shariq: there are bits of the R1 and R2 schedule which could fit on commercial stations, there are also bits which fulfil a proper public service role, broadcasting niche genres, high-quality music documentaries, and (in R1′s case) a current affairs and news strand aimed at teens and young adults. I’d like to see both stations invest a bit more heavily in these areas, but basically, there is no commercial alternative and no commercial station vying to offer one.

  12. blah — on 31st March, 2009 at 11:08 pm  

    King Kong
    “Why do I detect a growing rift between Sid and Sunny? Sid, who by his own admission is an apologist for the worst sort of moral whatabouttery as espoused by David T and HP Sauce; and Sunny, who believes in things like human rights for all people, including Muslims, and goes along to such pro-Islamist events as the Convention on Modern Liberties.”

    Yep. If there is one thing Sid cant stand, its people who defend Muslims

  13. Sunny — on 1st April, 2009 at 1:02 am  

    Sid, just ’cause he quoted a BBC bod to highlight a point about your disgraced mate Nick Cohen, doesn’t mean Sunny has now reversed his position

    yup.

  14. KT1 — on 1st April, 2009 at 4:34 am  

    I think Sid’s latest tirade against Douglas Clark and his bizarre alliance with David T makes his position here untenable – fair enough, it’s important to have views across the political spectrum in order to challenge our own views. But I do think the stuff David T said over Gaza and generally when it comes to Israel is far from progressive – and it’s sad to see someone like Sid, who is clearly a good writer and was against the Iraq war, siding up with David T on so many Muslim-related issues.

  15. Sid — on 1st April, 2009 at 10:24 am  

    Sid, just ’cause he quoted a BBC bod to highlight a point about your disgraced mate Nick Cohen, doesn’t mean Sunny has now reversed his position

    But Nick Cohen is attacking the BBC for its increased tendency to cloud journalistic objectivity with partisanship. This is the same tendency which the BBC used to refuse the broadcasting of the DEC Gaza Appeal.

    Sunny and Nick Cohen are criticising or have criticised this very thing. This kind of facile personal sniping achieves nothing when your values are effectively the same. But I guess this kind of thing is all part of the left’s rich tradition of personal battles over consensual action.

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