The Daily Mail’s Anti-BBC Agenda
Once again, the Daily Mail (although I prefer to call it the Daily Fail) has posted an article which is meant to expose the BBC for once again being a waste of tax-payers money.
Among it’s claims are
During his tenure at BBC1, there have been similar controversies. Last summer, for example, there was an outcry from viewers after the Dr Who spin-off Torchwood began with a seven-minute gay sex scene before the 9pm watershed.
Which is of course, a load of absolute cow manure. Torchwood: Miracle Day never aired before the 9pm watershed. The episode in question didn’t open with a gay sex scene and it didn’t last 7 minute either. So I have no idea what Paul Scott was watching to make such a claim, but it certainly wasn’t Torchwood.
Meanwhile, another Cohen creation, the cartoonish Phoo Action, starring actress Jaime Winstone as a crime-fighting kung-fu fan, was described by one reviewer as ‘the worst programme the BBC has ever broadcast’.
Phoo Action’s pilot episode was created at a time when BBC 3 produced a set of 6 Pilot episodes to test the water for new shows on the channel. Despite his claims, Phoo Action actually performed well enough to win awards, aclaim from the Guardian, the Times and the Independent.
Reading other parts of the article it soon becomes clear that this “article” is character assassination. The writer clearly has an agenda against Danny Cohen and the BBC. To the point where it takes outrageous claims and provides them as examples of “proof”.
Danny Cohen is by no means exempt, I dislike him for the decision to split Series Seven of Doctor Who over 2012 and 2013. He originally claimed that it was due to Moffat needing a break from working on both Doctor Who and Sherlock. A claim that was later refuted by Steven Moffat himself.
Unfortunately the BBC is in tough times at the moment. The current UK Government has long been in arm in arm with Rupert Murdoch who’s dislike of the BBC has long been known. When Cameron took over as Prime Minister, he and his cabinet immediately began placing huge restraints on the BBC. Forcing it to cut its budget and on it’s content. Even now, the Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt is under fire for apparently helping Murdoch in his bid to take over BSkyB.
I still believe that the BBC still produces far greater content than other tv channels that focus on reality shows. Sherlock, QI, Have I Got News For You, Being Human and other tv shows which place a higher emphasis on story content than substance.
It’s just a shame that there are other media corporations out there that put too much emphasis on making up news than actually focusing on quality and value.