BBC claims 'online lobby' generated complaints over refusal to identify Israel's capital

By Marcus Dysch, July 23, 2012

The BBC has claimed that complaints over its refusal to identify Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in its online Olympic guide were “generated by online lobby activity”.

In response to a viewer’s complaint, the corporation’s complaints department responded: “We feel it is worth explaining that a considerable number of complaints have been generated by online lobby activity.”


Sacks versus Dawkins in BBC debate

By Simon Rocker, July 20, 2012

The Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks will take part in a discussion with leading atheist Professor Richard Dawkins in a BBC festival exploring religion and ethics in contemporary society.

The two-day event, entitled Re:think 2012, in September will be hosted by the BBC Religion and Ethics at its centre in Salford.


BBC refuses to identify Israeli capital on London 2012 Olympics site

By Jennifer Lipman, July 19, 2012

Paris, Rome, Tbilisi and even Tehran and Damascus appear on the site, but the BBC has refused to identify the capital of Israel on its Olympic website.

As part of its reporting on London 2012, the BBC has created dedicated web pages for each Olympic nation.


BBC boss sorry for reply to campaign to save radio show

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 21, 2012

BBC head of north-west programming Aziz Rashid has apologised for snubbing Jewish leaders with a standardised reply to their complaint over the scrapping of the Jewish programme on Radio Manchester.


Family discovers Jewish roots in BBC's Turn Back Time show

By Brigit Grant, June 21, 2012

Ian Golding has never really liked asking questions about his family history. He just was not interested.

“My dad tried many times to tell me about it, but like a lot of people from my generation I could never be bothered to listen,” admits Ian, who felt that “from somewhere in Poland” was all he needed to know about his roots.


BBC apologises over Itamar massacres coverage

By Jessica Elgot, June 21, 2012

The BBC “got it wrong” by not giving prominence to the massacre of the Fogel family by Palestinians in the West Bank settlement of Itamar, the outgoing director-general has admitted.


MP joins fight to save Manchester radio show

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 15, 2012

Former Shadow Culture Secretary Ivan Lewis has accused the BBC of treating the Jewish community “differently” over its plans to scrap its only regular Jewish programme.

Mr Lewis is due to meet the BBC’s head of regional and local programmes for the north-west, Aziz Rashid, over the proposed cancellation of BBC Radio Manchester’s Monday night Jewish hour.


Sixty years celebrated on the BBC boat? It felt even longer

By Maureen Lipman, June 7, 2012

I'm up to my earrings in suspicion, filming Midsomer Murders, when the offer comes to join the Jubilee flotilla, alongside Sandi Toksvig, Omid Djalili, Griff Rhys Jones and Frank Skinner. I'm flattered. I'm fond of Her Majesty, and, now I have a grandchild, I fancy one day bragging to her about it all.


BBC upholds Obama complaint

By Simon Rocker, May 31, 2012

The BBC Trust has partly upheld a complaint over an online article which reported American President Obama’s position on the Middle East process.


BBC challenged on Obama Israel speech report

By Simon Rocker, May 29, 2012

The BBC Trust has partly upheld a complaint against the corporation over an online article which reported American President Obama's position on the Middle East process.