The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is a British public service broadcaster who is oldest and largest in world. It's first live public broadcast was done in 1920 which was sponsored by a private house, later it was taken over by public service commission. It has long experience of not only reporting real news but also manipulating or doctoring facts. It always have had love-hate relationship with India, that too plenty of hate and just handful of love.
Long back, when I used to work in North-Eastern India, I used to tune in to BBC radio for the global news. It was the time when we did not have the internet and 24-hour television channels. Imagine the era, when there were no cell phones, no DTH, no social media, or any such facility. However, gradually I started to notice that the BBC used to pick up only the issues related to trouble spots across the globe.
There was more focus on trouble-torn places in poor countries of Africa and the Middle East. With the passage of time, it became evident that BBC mostly broadcasts the news that may be seen only as negative, and thus, I had doubts about the objectivity of BBC. Gradually, I lost interest and gave up the BBC. Still, whenever I feel the need for clarity on any issue, I tune in to the BBC, hoping that it will provide me a better perspective on the subject.
I have a feeling that many more people have similar kind of love-hate relationship with the BBC.
BBC is moreover a commercial organisation which sells its content to various agencies like discovery channel, sells formats and co-producing programmes, licensing the content to online streaming services, selling DVD/Blu-Ray, Merchandising etc; its main objective is to generate revenue and not presenting the transparent and honest information, more the content is sensationalized more it will be sold, this is the key to success for BBC.
After retirement, I watch TV for news and find that our news channels too are acting more like BBC radio. They tend to magnify the small incidents into something huge. At the end of the day, it becomes clear that the issues hardly have any news value and they just tend to focus on the sensational items.
Most often, it is seen that they create ruckus even when there is almost nothing. To be fair to the media houses like BBC or to our own domestic media houses, we must keep in view the fact that after all they are running a business and our welfare is not their priority. All the news media and the sources of entertainment need the eyeballs for better TRPs.
However we cannot put our all domestic channels in the same category as we put BBC in, they may be biased but not to the lowest of the low level of BBC.
In view of the above, the issue of BBC ignoring Sania Mirza – naming only Martina Hingis, while reporting their win in a ladies’ doubles tennis match, would look like some small change. Strangely, even the British politicians have had problems with the BBC and they have stated that the organization governed under 'The Royal Charter' is using its freedom for un-accountability.