BBC spent £330,000 supressing Balen report

By Simon Rocker, August 30, 2012

The BBC spent £330,000 in legal fees in preventing publication of an eight-year-old report on its Middle East coverage, according to the Commentator website.

A seven-year campaign launched by solicitor Steven Sugar finally ended earlier this year when the Supreme Court upheld the corporation’s right to keep the Balen Report under wraps.


Capital question for press regulator

By Trevor Asserson, August 24, 2012

For too long Israel's detractors have sought to use the legal process to broadcast the case against Israel. But recently, Asserson Law Offices, acting for media watchdog HonestReporting, showed that the legal process can and indeed should be used to make the case for Israel.


BBC defends Iran attack web story

By Marcus Dysch, August 23, 2012

The BBC has defended a story based on a fake document outlining the possible scale of an Israeli attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities.

The corporation altered the headline on its website article which focused on the claims of Richard Silverstein, a Seattle-based liberal Jewish blogger.


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.