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does any one believe the bbc to be entirely agenda-less?

More to the point, does anyone think we could get de Gondi to hammer out a script?  I think the script writers were working from the shallow information pool and simply thought:

"Wow!  This is a real life spy story!  We simply must (money money!) make a docu-drama out of it.  Imagine what they could have produced if, with the same motivation, they'd dived in the deep end?

Or maybe there are libel laws about that.

What I don't understand is: how come it isn't as simple as e-mailing relevant journalists with the contrary info?  Their job would be to package the narrative for their readers...and there's plenty enough intrigue, big names, sex, lies, and corruption aplenty (I'm guessing on the sex...but assuming it'll be there somewhere)...so why go with a not-accurate-to-the-facts version?  Laziness?

Don't fight forces, use them R. Buckminster Fuller.

by rg (leopold dot lepster at google mail dot com) on Wed Jan 24th, 2007 at 11:18:46 AM EST
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It's one o dem days.

Should read:

"Wow!  This is a real life spy story!  We simply must (money money!) make a docu-drama out of it."

Imagine what they could have produced if...

Don't fight forces, use them R. Buckminster Fuller.

by rg (leopold dot lepster at google mail dot com) on Wed Jan 24th, 2007 at 11:19:49 AM EST
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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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