Wednesday, July 6, 2011
BBC give News International a hard time
The BBC hate Sky. While the BBC cuts costs and caps salarys, it watches with envy Sky spending more and more and growing bigger unhindered by reliance on the tax payer. So when news (much of it old indeed) that one of Rupert Murdoch's other publications, the News of the World spills more beans on how it carries out Investigative Journalism, the BBC just cannot help itself and goes for the juggler.
Despite the fact the police have been so slow to uncover all this is surely more alarming than the revelations phones were hacked. The listening in on voicemails (shame on the phone companies for not forcing its customers to change their pin numbers) is pretty below the belt. It is illegal for starters. However, reining in the media not a good thing. If they mess up, they get sued. People go to prison. By all means force newspapers to issue apologies on the front page of newspapers. But don't curtail the free press. They need help for the industry is dying.
If the polititians, looking for a cheap trick, clamp down then all that will happen is Wikileaks and the internet will grow stronger.
Solution is for a proper UK Bill of Rights. And a stronger PCC.