BBC: Caught in the Act
Like America's major media, BBC is state owned and controlled propaganda.
by Stephen Lendman
On February 11, the London Independent headlined, "BBC to issue global apology for documentaries that broke rules," saying:
"....(P)rograms were made by third-party in pay of governments and firms."
In other words, they were propaganda, not legitimate news and information. More on the scandal below.
Throughout its history, BBC's been an imperial tool. It replicates the worst of America's major media, its NPR/PBS managed news operations, and Qatar controlled Al Jazeera on major world and national issues.
Reliability's not its mandate. Owned, operated and controlled by Britain, government officials appoint its management. Nothing fundamentally changed from 1922 inception to today. Only technology's different, not BBC's state controlled message.
It's pro-government, pro-imperial, pro-war, pro-Israel, pro-corporate, and anti-populist. Deception triumphs over truth. Step over the line and get fired.
In 2003, correspondent Andrew Gilligan, Chairman Gavyn Davies, and Director-General Greg Dyke got the boot because Gilligan reported government officials "sexed up" WMD documents, knowing they were false.
In other words, fake information, in league with Washington, promoted war on Iraq. Exposing it got Gilligan and top management axed. New bosses replaced former ones. Seamlessly it was back to business as usual, producing propaganda instead of truth and full disclosure.
In March 2011, the London Guardian headlined, "BBC World Service to sign funding deal with US State Department," saying:
BBC will "receive a 'significant' sum of money from the US government to help (circumvent) the blocking of TV and internet services in countries including Iran and China," as well as develop early warning software to more easily detect jamming.
At the time, BBC's Jim Egan said software would help "monitor dips in traffic which act as an early warning of jamming, and can be more effective than relying on people contacting us and telling us they cannot access the services."