Picking on the BBC again

The BBC pages have profiles on the countries / regions of the world, and in the UK page there is this list of the Press.

A couple of observations:

  1. Why not use alpha order instead of what could be randomness or could be something else given the top paper is right-wing and it’s position (given the lack of commentary) could be taken as meaning the DT is the principal paper ?
  2. Why not use age order instead ?
  3. Tabloids ….. if a broadsheet is a paper that is large and requires much careful manouvering when trying to read it in a car / bus / train, and a tabloid is of the smaller variety, then why are some papers called “former broadsheets” when they are actually tabloid size ? You can pick that maybe they are ever so slightly bigger but the distinction is still being made – it’s like the BBC are trying to say “They used to be big and important but now that are small but still important and whatever you do, don’t call them tabloids”. But it is also saying “Tabloids are not as important” and while you can argue about the role of the tabloids – Name ONE headline the Times has ever run ? No ? I bet you can name a couple from the Sun – what cannot be denied is that more people in the country read the tabloids than the broadsheets. Why is the BBC making this distinction worldwide ? Is it a class thing ? Some sort of antiquated view they wish to push ?
  4. Why are the Daily Telegraph and Daily Mail not described as ‘Daily’ when the Daily Express is ?
  5. Why is the Daily Star not listed ? (rhetorical :) )
  6. Why is it called “Daily Telegraph” when it is actually “The Daily Telegraph” ?
  7. Considering their importance and the in-depth news they can deliver, why are the Sunday papers not there ? Such an omission means that the Observer fails to be mentioned.

I can’t figure out the order at all….

And just under that section, it covers the TV.
“BBC World – commercially-funded international news channel ”
Wrong !
“BBC World – funded through taxation disguised as a fee”
Correct !

Note the lack of any financial description next to the obviously politically neutral BBC…

One thought on “Picking on the BBC again

  1. Newspapers like The guardian, which are classed as former broadsheets used to be broadsheet sized. They then found that the majority of their readers didn’t read their newspaper on the train or tube due to the size. So they shrunk them to tabloid size.

    In the UK broadsheets are still, supposedly, associated with businessmen, and tabloid with the common work (aka. the rest of us!)

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