Does the BBC have an agenda in its coverage of town?
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I WAS really angered by BBC national news’ coverage of Ipswich last week – but I really should not have been surprised!
I’ve long suspected that the BBC national newsroom likes to pigeon-hole places across the country to fit in with the views of those controlling the news agenda.
I don’t know if Nick Robinson ever calls in to Ipswich on the way to his holiday home at Orford, but I really would have thought that the corporation’s political editor could have asked the news gatherers to get a more balanced view.
By taking the cameras to Upper Orwell Street and Carr Street, they must have known they would be showing off the town at its worst.
Ipswich is a place that the BBC seems to have consigned in its files along with Barnsley, Rotherham, and Crawley as “third-rate.”
During Steve Wright’s reign of terror I was invited on to a Radio Five Live phone-in show (broadcast at 8pm on a Saturday evening so I’m under no illusions that it had a big audience!) to explain why the town was not a bad place to live.
Unsurprisingly the national (and international) focus on the place had been pretty negative over the previous few days.
- 1 A14 reopens near Ipswich after four-vehicle crash
- 2 'He was a really good man' - Neighbour's shock following Ipswich house fire
- 3 Former nightclub with flat conversion plan heads to auction
- 4 Ipswich drug dealer sentenced to two years in jail
- 5 Boris Johnson tells people to work from home as Covid 'Plan B' confirmed
- 6 Person dies in Ipswich house fire
- 7 'I don't want families going through this' - Mum backs bridge campaign
- 8 Mental health referral review after death of 'wonderful' 16-year-old boy
- 9 Estate agent switches household’s energy supply without telling tenant
- 10 'Emotions are high' - McGreal on ugly scenes following Charlton loss
But the presenter said: “I arrived here this morning and looked around and it strikes me as not a bad place to live – the port area is really taking off (UCS was then being built) and the (Christchurch) park is one of the best I’ve ever seen.”
I asked why she was surprised. Did she think the murders had turned the whole town into a dump?
Her response was just that Ipswich wasn’t a place with great reputation, even before the murders.
Why has the BBC accepted that and retained a determination to reinforce it on the rare occasions that its national cameras come here?