Posts tagged ‘bbc’

29 August 2010

BBC is all mixed-up

The BBC is inviting contributions for multicultural sitcom scripts. Trying to rid itself of its whiteness, and going one step further in its metaphor for multiculturalism than the one often heard in Germany “between two chairs”, it’s calling the competition “All Mixed-Up” (info available here from 31 August).

The Guardian reckons the title is “only slightly partonising”:

Age: 64
Appearance: Hideously white.
How exactly do you measure the age of a genre? Easy. Just lazily disregard radio as a medium and begin with the first ever television sitcom.
Which was? Pinwright’s Progress, the story of shopkeeper Mr J Pinwright and his useless employees. Broadcast live on the BBC in 1946, it was never recorded and has been lost forever. Since then, British sitcoms have been set in houses, offices, hospitals, prisons, buses and, on occasion, space.
So do we still need them now they’re 64? Of course. We just need them to be a bit less white and middle-class.
Says who? The BBC. It has launched a competition for multicultural sitcom scripts, under the only slightly patronising title All Mixed-Up. The idea is to do away with the perception that the BBC is “a closed door for writers who are not necessarily white middle-class”.
And why would people think that? Perhaps because the only notable British sitcom about a non-white family was The Crouches in 2003, which followed the lives of a black working-class south London family as imagined by a white middle-class Glaswegian screenwriter.

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25 January 2009

BBC in row over refusal to broadcast Gaza appeal

Huge row emerging in the UK over the BBC’s refusal to broadcast a charity appeal for donations to help rebuild Gaza after the Israeli strikes. There was no way they could possibly have managed that issue. Broadcast and be damned; don’t and be even more damned. I know that I’d prefer the appeal to be broadcast, but the moral outrage by UK politicians who are the very same politicians who agree to supply ( = sell for profit) Israel with weapons is the utmost in hypocrisy.

Only two weeks ago, Amnesty International urged the UK to suspend arms sales to Israel until “there is no longer a substantial risk that such equipment will be used for serious violations of human rights”.

15 October 2008

The Hague on Russia-Georgia

DeutschlandRadio’s hourly news bulletin this evening presents the “surprising” final ruling made by the International Criminal Court on the case brought by Georgia alleging Russian human rights abuses in South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

Judges called on both Russia and Georgia to halt human rights violations in the region. (Background text and photos).

The level of surprise will depend, perhaps, on which media the listener has been observing.

Update: 00:18. Watching BBC World news, and wondering if I misheard the German radio. Nothing on the BBC about the story. But, yes, according to a Reuters story posted on Wed 15 Oct 2008 at 2:37 EDT, a provisional court ruling was indeed made:

THE HAGUE (Reuters) – The UN’s highest court ordered Russia and Georgia on Wednesday to ensure the security of all ethnic groups in the breakaway Georgian regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia and adjacent areas of Georgia.

In a provisional ruling on a lawsuit filed by Georgia that alleged human rights violations by Russia in the region, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) said Georgia and Russia must refrain from sponsoring any act of racial discrimination.

It also ordered both parties to do all in their power to ensure the security of persons, freedom of movement and the protection of refugees’ property.

The court ruled it had jurisdiction to order the provisional measures and ordered both parties to inform it of their compliance.

Court rulings, including provisional orders, are binding but the court has no police force to enforce its decisions. A judgment on the merits of the case proper could take at least another year.