Iran's 'cyber attack on the BBC'

By Jessica Elgot, March 14, 2012

The BBC’s director - general will reveal how the BBC is subject to persistent intimidation by the Iranian authorities, and suffered a “sophisticated cyber attack.”


Capital not on BBC Weather site

By Jennifer Lipman, February 23, 2012

The Zionist Federation has criticised the BBC for excluding Jerusalem from its weather map of Israel.

A BBC Weather search for Israel brings up nine locations across Israel, including Eilat in the south and Hadera towards the north of the country.

But Jerusalem is omitted from the list and temperatures in the city can only be found through a separate search.

Equally, when looking at the w


Court rejects BBC Israel bias report appeal

By Jessica Elgot, February 15, 2012

The Supreme Court will not force the BBC to reveal a report commission into potentially biased reporting on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The court's five justices unanimously dismissed the appeal of solicitor Steven Sugar, who had demanded the BBC release the internal 2004 report, compiled by the BBC's senior editorial consultant Malcolm Balen, under the Freedom of Information Act.


How Yentob got a leg-up

By Simon Rocker, October 28, 2011

BBC creative director Alan Yentob amused Young Norwood supporters when he quoted his job application in 1968: "Although possibly not a significant qualification for entry to the BBC, my dramatic debut at the age of nine as Mistress Page in The Merry Wives of Windsor was greeted by a gratifying critique from one of my contemporaries, 'You ought to be a film star because you've got smashing legs'."


Musicians call for 'absurd' boycott of Israel Prom

By Jennifer Lipman, August 31, 2011

A group of musicians has made a public call for the cancellation of an Israel Philharmonic Orchestra concert at the Royal Albert Hall because of the Israeli political situation.

The IPO, whose director is the non-Jewish conductor Zubin Mehta, has been invited by the BBC to perform one concert at the Proms, the annual classical musical festival, on September 1.


Hall of Fame: Robert Peston

August 8, 2011

"My family came over from Eastern Europe in the late 19th century and lived in East London. About ten years ago I stumbled on a synagogue just off Brick Lane.

"It felt like a window on my past."


BBC Today programme complaint upheld

By Simon Rocker, July 28, 2011

The BBC Trust has upheld a complaint of inaccuracy against Radio 4's Today programme over Israeli settlements.

On the programme of September 27 last year, presenter John Humphrys stated: "At midnight last night, the moratorium on Israelis building new settlements in the West Bank came to an end.


BBC raps Jeremy Paxman on Hamas

By Robyn Rosen, July 21, 2011

The BBC has upheld a complaint that Jeremy Paxman failed to challenge adequately the Labour MP, Louise Ellman, after she accused Hamas of using children as suicide bombers.

Andy Bell, complaints director of the BBC's Editorial Complaints Unit, apologised for a "lapse in editorial standards" in the BBC2 airing of Newsnight on February 14.


How Israel dog-stoning story went astray

By Robyn Rosen, June 23, 2011

It was the ultimate shaggy dog story - but one with a nasty bite.

According to the BBC and other websites over the weekend, a Jerusalem Beth Din condemned a stray dog to be stoned after it was suspected of being the reincarnation of a secular lawyer cursed by the court 20 years ago.

Yahoo's news report, headlined "Jewish court sentences dog to death by stoning", drew more than 1,900 comments


The wedding panners of Stamford Hill

By Robyn Rosen, May 26, 2011

A strictly Orthodox man featured in a BBC documentary about Chasidic weddings has been ostracised by his synagogue congregation.