Tuesday, October 20, 2015

UK: Ex-BBC chairman Lord Grade attacks corporation over Israel coverage

The Jewish Chronicle reports:

Lord Grade
Former BBC chairman Lord Grade has criticised the corporation’s coverage of the ongoing violence in Israel and the West Bank.

He wrote to the BBC’s director of news and current affairs, James Harding to say coverage had at times been misleading and failed to give context to what he called an “undoubtedly complex issue”.

Lord Grade, the nephew of the late Jewish showbusiness impresario Lew Grade, highlighted a series of concerns he had with television and website reports of the knife attacks on Israelis in the past two weeks.

The BBC had failed to “fulfil its obligation to viewers” by not showing Palestinian Authority officials praising the attacks, he wrote.

His complaint was prompted by a broadcast by correspondent Orla Guerin on Sunday last week. Lord Grade said the report had implied “equivalence between Israeli victims of terrorism and Palestinians who have been killed by Israeli security forces in the act of carrying out terror attacks”.  Read more.

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