Just a Minute

Baroness Deech

There was an important debate in the Lords on 10th March on the future of the BBC. So many people signed up to speak that they were allocated only one minute each, and there were several references by speakers to that well known radio 4 programme in which speakers have to avoid hesitation, repetition or deviation.  In fact, peers did pretty well, and some of them ought to be on that programme.

I didn’t sign up to speak, as I could see there were too many of us. Had I had my minute, I would have made two points:

1. Time to abandon governance of the BBC by Royal Charter, which is simply a method of enshrining direct ministerial control over the BBC, can be altered at will, and avoids parliamentary scrutiny. The BBC should be governed by an Act of Parliament.

2. Complaints about the impartiality and accuracy of broadcasts should end up with an independent external expert adjudicator, not with OFCOM, which is just another government-appointed quango full of people who have spent part of their careers at the BBC.

4 comments for “Just a Minute

  1. MilesJSD
    11/03/2016 at 8:34 pm

    Tertiary ‘education’ actually drills some of us into “30-seconds is the limit for getting your point across”.

    But, “we’ve” “evolved” better than that:_
    Every political party empowered to represent us and our Needs. insists that they are “Letting you have your say, we are listening to you, to all of you, not just to our own party-members”.

    For 63 million people to each “have their say”,
    {better and more democraticly still, to “state their Needs”}
    works out for each 5-year parliamentary term to
    2.496 seconds individually-democratic speaking-time per person…

    {Sorry, I’m ‘lost’ already: let me give-way}

  2. maude elwes
    15/03/2016 at 12:25 pm

    I wonder how many British people are aware the BBC is paid annually a worthy stipend from the EU on the proviso it does not reveal anything against our being an EU member?

    Here is an exmple of how the BBC does not openly reveal all it is supposed to in order to keep the people of the UK informed and up to date.

    For example, what do you really know about the up coming EU referendum on in or out of Europe? Who can vote, and, how it works. Well here you will find the BBC’s chosen revelations.


    Now here on this little blog is more clarity on this vote. Did you know, for example, that 70 countries will have the vote on our behalf. Read this in full as the BBC are reluctant to fully explain.


    Then, once you have read it in full, weigh up what they are not letting out anywhere you will be easily able to access.

    Have the BBC really explained to the British people why the USA thinks it should send its White House members to advise us on what ‘they’ think will be in their best interests for us to remain in the EU and why? Will Mr President, and his lovely wife, be willing to shed complete light on TTIP and their need for our access in the EU and influence on their behalf? And do you see or hear the BBC investigating this in our best interests?

    The BBC is no longer an arm of information for the education and interests of the British people.

  3. Ruth Schick-Waldman
    22/03/2016 at 6:38 pm

    Trying to get a message to Baroness Deech…just saw her photo at AIPAC on Facebook and trying to connect…my father (Raphael) is an old friend from UK…would love to hear from her! If she has time, she can message me at the email above. Thanks.

  4. 19/04/2016 at 3:45 am

    You’ve captured this peyelctfr. Thanks for taking the time!

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