The British Broadcasting Commission (BBC) has admitted to accepting cash from the EU. The cash comes before the referendum vote by the UK to stay in the EU or leave the EU. Some critics suggest this takes away from the broadcasters impartiality and it looks as though the BBC gets paid for swaying the people one way or the other. They have admitted to accepting only $2million pounds, although a report from March 2014 suggests it is much higher.
The 2014 report by EUReferendum.com states the information was received under the freedom of information act which costs a certain amount of cash to obtain. The information from the BBC suggested that $3 million pounds was accepted from the EU. The EU’s very own transparent website suggested a different story;
“It might have come up with an altogether more weighty sum - £20,152,022 (€24,435,906) to be precise. That is the sum dispersed to the BBC from EU funds between 2007-2012 inclusive”. The rundown of what was spent on what can be seen here.
The Telegraph reports that the money was paid to deliver key parts of the EU’s political strategy in countries on the fringes of Europe. Now the Telegraph has been fined $30,000 pounds for emailing readers and suggesting they vote Tory.
RT news has come up with what they call the ‘ultimate guide to mainstream media’. It gives a little insight into some countries mainstream media outlets such as who owns them and a little background on the hosts of the news shows, and some controversies (oooh).
I particularly like the couple of paragraphs in which Greenpeace paid for an advertisement to be run on channel Nine Australia implicating Coca-Cola was blocking the cash for containers concept which aims to help with removal of plastic bottles from the environment. Nine’s director of marketing at the time said after the ad was pulled;
"We had no issue in taking the original booking from Greenpeace, but on reviewing the content we deemed it to be offensive to our viewers and so advised the client we would not proceed with the placement on the Network”.
Is the news you sit down to watch on your television after a hard day’s work unbiased and all it’s cranked up to be? This is one reason why I do not watch mainstream media.