In the latest BBC review, its former employee criticized the broadcaster and called it “depressing”. Sue Cook, best known for co-hosting BBC One’s factual crime watch Crimewatch from 1984 to 1995, said she listened to other media to get a “more balanced view”. Speaking to GB News, Ms Cook said: “It depressed me and made me think, why are they like this. Like any other listener or viewer, it depressed me.
âI know a lot of other people who say they don’t listen to or watch the BBC anymore.
“It was too scary.
âI listened to talkRADIO where I felt I had a more balanced view and heard other opinions.
“You just don’t hear other opinions on the BBC.”
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It comes as the BBC is set to broaden its horizons beyond its central bases in London and Salford, Media Secretary John Whittingdale has said, but has denied the government is waging a “culture war” against the company and the Channel. 4.
Mr Whittingdale said the BBC’s own bosses were working to respond to criticism that it had been “too metrocentric” in the past.
And he defended the potential privatization of Channel 4, arguing that the long-term viability of the broacaster was at stake.
Mr Whittingdale told the PA news agency that the BBC “has been very clear that they want a more diverse workforce”.
“(CEO) Tim Davie has set goals for the quality of representation in the workforce, regardless of gender and racial background.
“And we have also been very clear that this has to reflect the UK as a whole – the nations and regions of the UK, not just the people who live close to central London or Salford. “
Cabinet Minister Jacob Rees-Mogg has suggested that the BBC is damaging its reputation for impartiality by routinely making appointments to senior positions among people on the political left, not the right.
Asked about his colleague’s comments, Mr Whittingdale said recruiting was the responsibility of the BBC, but added that the government had “made it clear that we believe it is very important that the BBC reflect all views and that it should be diversified in terms of the practice of the job and the content it produces “.
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âI think there have been criticisms in the past that the BBC was too metropolitan, that it overlooked some important views.
“And that’s something I know the GM is focusing on.”
Mr Whittingdale dismissed concerns expressed by MPs and his peers that the privatization of Channel 4 could hurt independent production companies in the UK, with cash going to multinational companies instead.
A consultation on the channel’s privatization is underway and the Minister said: “We are now in a world of many different content providers, many of whom are investing in UK production.