The WoW petition has smashed though the 100,000 signature barrier, so tomorrow, at 4.30pm, Iain Duncan Sith will be hauled over the coals by the Work and Pensions Select Committee to answer for his lies and brutality. It could be very embarrassing for him, especially if the proceedings are shown on the BBC Parliament channel.
Which, it seems, it won’t be.
Instead, there’ll be a tribute to Nelson Mandela.
When complaints were made, the BBC had this to say:
We have received complaints from viewers and listeners who felt there was too much coverage of the death of Nelson Mandela. Some audience members felt there was not enough coverage of the storm affecting the UK.
We also received complaints from viewers unhappy about the disruption to the BBC One schedule on 5 December.
Response from BBC News
Nelson Mandela was one of the most important world leaders of the 20th century whose long and complex life story represents a moment of historical change for people in South Africa and around the world. His death was something we regarded as sufficiently significant both to break into our scheduled coverage and extend our news programmes. His political and cultural influence was global and as both a UK and international broadcaster it is important that we reflected that, and the range of reactions to his death, to all our audiences.
BBC One viewers received updates on the storm in their area during regional bulletins broadcast at 2250 and in a weather forecast at 0030, on the BBC News website and on BBC local radio stations throughout the night. We are continuing to report on the aftermath of the storm.
Response from BBC Scheduling
Interruptions to programmes are rare but we regard the death of Nelson Mandela to be of significant public interest.
“…we regard the death of Nelson Mandela to be of significant public interest.”
Well so do I, but why does a tribute to him need to be shown at such a specific time. The select committee hearing is important to millions of people, and deserves to be shown live. There are plenty of slots on the Parliament channel, that are usually padded with recordings of sessions in the Commons, often from several months earlier.
And the BBC assertion that the complaints were of “ too much coverage of the death of Nelson Mandela” may be true in some cases, but not at all true of every complainant.
The BBC seem intent on continuing their cover up on behalf of the government, and will even slander the public they’re supposed to serve to do it.