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The Daily Telegraph (Letters)

20 Jun 2007

Doc. No. 2007.014 DT039L

 

BBC's impartiality

 

Sir, You report that the BBC’s deputy director-general said impartiality is a core value for the BBC, and non-negotiable. That is too simple. The vital question is impartiality between what? Presumably it is not impartial between good and evil.

 

The BBC should be impartial between legitimate interests in Britain, for example the Labour Party and the Conservative Party. It ought not to be impartial between Britain and other countries, because it is the British Broadcasting Corporation and it is financed by British people. That does not mean it should broadcast lies.

 

During the Second World War no one at the BBC thought it should be impartial between Churchill and Hitler. What has changed?

 

Francis Bennion.