BBC too anglocentric, says BBC Trust…

THE BBC Trust has slated the BBC’s regional coverage in its main news bulletins and factual programmes, saying it is “falling short of its own high standards” and failing to meet its core purpose of helping inform democracy. The Trust’s study was commissioned after accusations that the corporation was too England-centric and found that the further people live from London, the less they see their lives reflected. The study concentrated on health and education stories in the national news broadcasts; out of 136 stories, none were from the devolved regions. The Trust chairman said: “The problem is not about impartiality, but about clarity, precision and the balance of reporting from around the UK.” On Talkback at the moment, Newton Emerson is arguing that what the Beeb really needs to do in an era when we can get our news from a variety of sources (many free) is to get back to first principles and report facts, instead of present the national news as a magazine-style show that barely scratches the surface.