Reviewing BBC coverage of the Likud leadership primary

At least nine reports in two days were devoted to the Likud leadership primary.

How much coverage would one consider it necessary for the BBC to give to the topic of leadership primaries in one political party in a foreign country?

BBC coverage of the Likud leadership primary which took place on December 26th included the following:

December 26th:

BBC News website:

Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu in party leadership challenge

BBC Radio 4:

‘Today’programme – the first item in the opening news bulletin was a report by Barbara Plett Usher (from 01:39 here).

BBC World Service radio:

‘Newsday’ – the lead item (from 00:37 here) was a four-minute interview with Israeli journalist Noga Tarnopolsky.

‘Newshour’ –  the lead item was a four-minute report (from 00:12 here) by Barbara Plett Usher.

December 27th:

BBC News website:

Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu comfortably wins party leadership challenge

BBC Radio 4:

‘Today’ programme – a report from Barbara Plett Usher (from 33:44 here) and an additional report from the same journalist in a news bulletin (from 1:03:38 here).

BBC World Service radio:

‘Newsday’ – a four-minute and twenty-second report from Barbara Plett Usher (from 14:09 here).

‘Newshour’ – a report by Barbara Plett Usher (from 45:04 here).

Yes, the BBC apparently really did consider it efficient use of public funding to produce at least nine multi-platform reports in two days on the topic of a leadership poll conducted by one political party in a foreign country in which less than half of the 116,000 members eligible to vote returned a predictable result.

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3 Comments

  • It makes you wonder how conflicted the British remain about their failure, as Mandatory power, to carry out their trust obligations toward the Jewish people, and their overall loss of Empire around the same time. Today, the UK officially tries to position itself as having veritably birthed the State of Israel, when in reality it had done nearly everything in its power to subvert the League of Nation’s Mandate and give the territory over to Arab rule. Guilt and shame have long term effects apparently and, as here, fund continuing expression in blaming the victim.

  • Charlie – Please do not blame “the British” for the anti-Semitism that is rife in the BBC.
    The BBC represents the Leftie Luvvies of Islington and its World Service’s reporting is
    guided by edicts from Tehran in how to issue subtle propaganda to undermine the State of Israel.

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