BBC stands by mistranslation of 'Jew' in Gaza documentary

By Sandy Rashty, July 15, 2015

The BBC has stood by its decision to mistranslate the Arabic word for “Jew” as “Israeli” in subtitles on a Gaza documentary.

In interviews with Palestinian children on the Children of the Gaza War documentary, which aired last week, references to “yahud” (Arabic for “Jew”) were subtitled as “Israeli”.


Leading journalist John Ware wins Wizo media award

By Sandy Rashty, July 7, 2015

BBC journalist John Ware has claimed that there is a “deficit” in the corporation’s coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The award-winning investigative journalist, who worked on the BBC public affairs programme Panorama from 1986 to 2012, was speaking at the Wizo Commitment Awards event on Monday night.


Yes, oui, ja! Nigella Lawson confirms Eurovision job

By Rosa Doherty, May 19, 2015

Nigella Lawson has confirmed that she will be presenting the results of the Eurovision song contest on the BBC.

The TV chef responded to a fan's question over rumours that she was taking over the role by tweeting: "Yes, it's true. Oui, c'est vrai. Ja, das ist wahr."


Lord Sugar quits as Labour peer due to ‘disillusionment’

By Sandy Rashty, May 11, 2015

Lord Sugar has resigned from the Labour Party saying he was disillusioned with its “anti-enterprise” policies.

The business tycoon, who has been associated with the party for 18 years, resigned after Labour’s general election defeat on Friday.


Labour candidate accuses BBC of racism over 'wealthy Jews' article

By Rosa Doherty, April 27, 2015

The 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”.