“Tories give BBC reform ultimatum … Demands for broadcaster to stop chasing viewers” reads the headline. What, pray, does that mean? “THE BBC will be told to return to its public service roots and do away with highly commercial programmes such as The Voice as part of the widest-ranging shake-up of the corporation for a generation” tell Shipman, before the mildly sinister “BBC bosses will be put on notice this week”.
Then comes the first whopper: “Last night John Whittingdale, the culture secretary, appointed a board of eight advisers with a brief to conduct a ‘root-and-branch’ reform of the Corporation as part of the process of renewal of its royal charter, which will expire at the end of 2016”. There will not be any “root-and-branch” anything.
It gets worse: the green paper will supposedly “Suggest that the BBC website could be scaled back after complaints that it is killing local newspapers”. This is another blatant lie: as James Harding, now at the Beeb but a former Murdoch editor, has had to point out, what has done for local papers’ revenue is that there are less and less paid-for adverts, because of online sources such as Zoopla and Gumtree.