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There's no such animal as 'The BBC' any more. It's really more of a patchwork of competing and only notionally inter-related fiefdoms, with an even wider network of freelance outsiders, with a variety of viewpoints.

While there's some pressure on editorial policy, what gets made and shown depends on what commissioning editors can get away with, with half an eye on how sensitive the subject is (which in practice means the likelihood of Gilligan-style fall-out that could damage the chances of a licence hike in future.)

'Show me the money' is increasingly a motivation for many program makers, and I think it's just as likely that this was poor journalism - hardly a rare thing at the Beeb - as evidence of a dastardly Establishment plot designed to paint Putin and Prodi in a bad light.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Thu Jan 25th, 2007 at 09:47:37 AM EST
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