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.


Outrage over 'Question Time' slot for George Galloway

By Marcus Dysch and Sandy Rashty, January 29, 2015

Jewish leaders have reacted with fury to the BBC's decision to invite anti-Israel MP George Galloway onto a Question Time panel in Finchley, north-west London.

Mr Galloway, who refuses to debate with Israelis, will be a guest on the BBC1 current affairs programme when it is filmed in the parliamentary constituency with the country's largest Jewish population next week.


BBC to investigate Tim Willcox over Paris interview

By JC Reporter, January 29, 2015

The BBC has said it will investigate news presenter Tim Willcox after his questioning of a Jewish woman in Paris following the terrorist attack on a kosher supermarket in Paris.

A “very large number” of complaints had been received following his suggestion that “Palestinians suffer hugely at Jewish hands”.