BBC backs anti-Israel activist claim

By Marcus Dysch, January 17, 2013

The BBC Trust has upheld a complaint from a leading anti-Israel activist that a Radio 4 report inaccurately described the impact of the creation of Israel on Palestinians.

A “lack of clarity” had been evident in the coverage of West Bank protests last May which marked “Nakba Day”, when Palestinians mourn the creation of Israel, the BBC investigation found.


Haim: We want to perform in Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, January 11, 2013

They dream of singing in Israel, crave their mother’s kugel while on tour and love Barbra Streisand — and they are being tipped to dominate the 2013 music industry.

Last week Californian Jewish singers Danielle, Este and Alana Haim were overjoyed to learn that they had topped the BBC’s prestigious annual Sound of poll.


Campaigner loses legal fight to save BBC show

By Jonathan Kalmus, December 10, 2012

A legal attempt to save the BBC’s only regular Jewish radio programme has failed and the long-running Manchester show will air for the final time on December 17.
Last Friday, a judge ruled that the decision to axe BBC Radio Manchester’s Jewish Hour was not discriminatory.


BBC rules no fairness breach over Habima protest report

By Jennifer Lipman, December 4, 2012

The BBC Trust has ruled that a Today programme report about the protests against Israel's Habima Theatre Company when it performed at the Globe in May did not violate its standards on impartiality or fairness.


Another BBC report

October 25, 2012

In the wake of the Savile scandal, the BBC has set up an inquiry into its "culture and practices" during Savile's time at the corporation. But important as this is, there is another aspect to the BBC's culture and practices which also needs examination, and which long pre-dates the news of Savile's vile activities.


MP joins fight to save BBC Radio's Jewish Hour

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 25, 2012

Rotherham MP Denis MacShane has joined the fight to save BBC Radio Manchester’s Jewish Hour from the axe, accusing the corporation of “singling out the Jewish community for discrimination”.

Mr MacShane, who chaired the 2006 Parliamentary inquiry into antisemitism, has written to BBC Trust head Lord Patten to protest against plans to end the long-running programme in December.


Legal fight to save BBC Jewish programme from axe

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 18, 2012

The BBC is being taken to court over the alleged “discriminatory” decision to axe its only regular Jewish radio show.

Jewish Hour, broadcast on BBC Radio Manchester for 21 years, is scheduled to end in December as part of sweeping changes to local broadcasting. However, the local black, Asian and Chinese programming is continuing.


Jimmy Savile plaque removed by Jewish welfare service

By Sandy Rashty, October 12, 2012

A memorial to Sir Jimmy Savile was removed from the Leeds Jewish Welfare Board (LJWB) building on Thursday morning.

The gold leaf plaque, on the LJWB’s honorary Tree of Life, was removed this week in the wake of the child sexual abuse allegations made against the dj and tv presenter.

An executive LJWB member was unavailable for comment.


Former BBC Chairman attacks Jewish Mum of the Year show

By Sandy Rashty, October 11, 2012

Michael Grade, the former chairman of the BBC, has attacked Channel 4’s new Jewish Mum of the Year series.

Lord Grade, a previous chief executive of Channel 4, said: “I don’t know what it was supposed to be. They seemed to cram in every cliché in the book.”


Jewish Holocaust refugees who went below stairs

By Jennifer Lipman, October 11, 2012

The daily life of a Jewish Holocaust refugee who escaped the Nazis by working as a servant in a British home will be discussed in a BBC documentary tomorrow.

Edith Argy's story will be told in the third part of the BBC2 series Servants: the True Story of Life Below Stairs.