BBC insists: UN wrong, Israel killed Gaza baby

By Marcus Dysch, March 14, 2013

The BBC has contested the findings of a United Nations report into an explosion that killed the baby son of one of the corporation’s correspondents.

Jihad Mashhrawi’s 11-month-old son Omar was killed after Israel launched Operation Pillar of Defence in Gaza in November last year.


Palestinian rocket may have killed family of BBC journalist, says UN report

By Sandy Rashty, March 12, 2013

A United Nations report yesterday announced that a misfired Palestinian rocket may have killed family members of a BBC journalist during the Israel-Gaza conflict last November.


Even the best of the BBC meets terror with error in interviews

By Robin Shepherd, February 15, 2013

There is a moment in Stephen Sackur’s recent BBC Hardtalk interview with Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal when one throws up one’s hands in despair.


BBC names Bonham Carter for Taylor-Burton film

By Jennifer Lipman, February 12, 2013

The tumultuous relationship of actress and Jewish-convert Elizabeth Taylor with her husband Richard Burton is to be told in a BBC film with the help of another British Jewish film star.


Today Programme rapped over Golan Heights report

By Jennifer Lipman, February 11, 2013

John Humphreys and the Today Programme have been reprimanded by the BBC Trust for breaching regulations on accurate reporting during coverage of a protest in the Golan Heights in May 2011.


Former BBC journalist rejects anti-Israel prejudice

By Jennifer Lipman, February 1, 2013

A veteran BBC journalist has defended the corporation against charges of it having an “ingrained, institutional” anti-Israel bias.

Robin Lustig, whose father Fritz fled Europe for Britain during the Holocaust, retired in December from his regular slots on Radio 4’s The World Tonight and Newshour on the World Service.


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.