Labour candidate accuses BBC of racism over “wealthy Jews” article

By Rosa Doherty, April 27, 2015

BBC has been accused of racism after an article on the Blackley and Broughton constituency in Greater Manchester referred to its “wealthy” Jewish community.

In an online profile, the BBC said the area was multi-cultural with a “Jewish community concentrated in a wealthy pocket of large detached houses”.


Emma Spitzer misses out on MasterChef title

By JC Reporter, April 24, 2015

Emma Spitzer narrowly failed in her bid to become the BBC MasterChef champion, on Friday.

The Finchley mother-of-four lost out to winner Simon Wood, despite being told by judge Greg Wallace that her Middle-Eastern and north African cooking, inspired by her Algerian-born mother-in-law, had “brought a new style to the competition”.


Wrong number: how the phoneline farce unfolded

March 27, 2015

Confusion and anger met the BBC’s story on Sunday morning about the Campaign Against Antisemitism’s plans to launch a new incident helpline — or ‘action line’.

The proposal was attacked on social media by critics who called it “ludicrous” and accused the CAA of promoting a split in the reporting of antisemitic incidents.


Covering Israel is a tough job, says BBC director-general Lord Hall

By Sandy Rashty, March 24, 2015

Director-General of the BBC Lord Hall says the corporation aims to be balanced in its coverage of Israel, but that reporting on the country’s conflict with the Palestinians was “tough”.

Speaking to a 200-strong audience at ORT UK’s business breakfast on Tuesday, the corporation head said: “It is hard… tough. We do aim to give as impartial coverage as we can across the period.”


Campaign Against Antisemitism denies BBC report on hate helpline

By JC Reporter, March 22, 2015

The Campaign Against Antisemitism has denied it has set up its own helpline for the victims of antisemitism.

The grassroots group was widely criticised on social media after the BBC reported that it had established the service as a rival to those operated by the police and the Community Security Trust.

But CAA claims the BBC report was wrong and no such helpline exists.


BBC defends Jeremy Bowen over Netanyahu tweet

By Rosa Doherty, March 6, 2015

The BBC has defended a tweet sent by Jeremy Bowen during Binyamin Netanyahu’s speech to the US Congress on Tuesday.

Mr Bowen tweeted after the Israeli prime minister mentioned Elie Wiesel, a survivor of Nazi concentration camps, who was present.

Mr Bowen wrote “once again Netanyahu plays the holocaust card”.


Board doubts BBC’s objectivity after Tim Willcox complaints are rejected

By Rosa Doherty, February 26, 2015

The Board of Deputies has condemned the BBC for not taking action against Tim Willcox after his interview with a Jewish woman about the terrorist attack on a kosher supermarket in Paris sparked anger.


George Galloway questioner reveals what went on in Question Time studio

By Marcus Dysch, February 6, 2015

The Jewish student whose question led to angry scenes on last night’s BBC Question Time programme featuring George Galloway has revealed that the atmosphere was far more hostile than seen on television.

Viewers saw Gabriel Rosen pose the final question to the panel which led to 20 minutes of raucous debate.


Ofcom clarifies ruling over Tim Willcox

By Rosa Doherty, February 4, 2015

Ofcom’s has clarified its decision not to uphold complaints against BBC reporter Tim Willcox over remarks he made to a Jewish woman.

Mr Willcox told the woman that “Palestinians suffer hugely at Jewish hands as well” during an interview following the terrorist attack on a kosher supermarket in Paris in which four Jews were murdered.


Galloway Question Time appearance is chance to call MP to account, says Board

By Sandy Rashty, January 29, 2015

The Board of Deputies has explained why it did not to sign a letter with the Jewish Leadership Council which questioned the BBC’s decision to invite George Galloway onto its Question Time programme.