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.


Sixty years celebrated on the BBC boat? It felt even longer

By Maureen Lipman, June 7, 2012

I'm up to my earrings in suspicion, filming Midsomer Murders, when the offer comes to join the Jubilee flotilla, alongside Sandi Toksvig, Omid Djalili, Griff Rhys Jones and Frank Skinner. I'm flattered. I'm fond of Her Majesty, and, now I have a grandchild, I fancy one day bragging to her about it all.


BBC upholds Obama complaint

By Simon Rocker, May 31, 2012

The BBC Trust has partly upheld a complaint over an online article which reported American President Obama’s position on the Middle East process.


BBC challenged on Obama Israel speech report

By Simon Rocker, May 29, 2012

The BBC Trust has partly upheld a complaint against the corporation over an online article which reported American President Obama's position on the Middle East process.


Lobby to save Manchester BBC radio show

By Jonathan Kalmus, May 24, 2012

Manchester’s Jewish Representative Council president has requested a meeting with the BBC’s north-west head as part of a campaign to save the Jewish Citizen Manchester show.

Frank Baigel wants to discuss the axing, on cost-cutting grounds, of the BBC Radio Manchester programme. One campaigner said the corporation had received a “deluge of complaints” over the cancellation.


A good hour's scandalous end?

By Geoffrey Alderman, May 17, 2012

Within the next few weeks the BBC, which is funded by British taxpayers through revenues derived from the television licence fee, will take a decision directly affecting the lives of, if not all British Jews, then certainly those living in the North-West.


BBC defends 'Jewish lobby' interview

By Simon Rocker, May 17, 2012

The BBC has defended an interview with controversial American Jewish academic Norman Finkelstein in which the presenter referred to “the Jewish lobby”.

Three complaints have so far been received by the corporation about the Hardtalk programme broadcast on the News Channel last week.