Britain’s largely middle-class consensus on what constitutes impartiality helps to explain why TV news is so predictable and unadventurous – and why TV news is growing less and less attractive to large cross-sections of the viewing audience. Peter Preston, The Observer, 8 Dec 2002 Tweet
The top comprehensives may be able to give a child an excellent chance of an elite university place; the private schools can virtually guarantee it. All else said on the subject is waffle. The 7 per cent of children who attend private schools take nearly half the places at Oxford and Cambridge and nearly a … Continue reading The 7 percent who attend private schools take 50 percent of the places at Oxford and Cambridge
Two of my colleagues at the BBC have regional accents and are very experienced, yet they are constantly asked: ‘Which university did you go to?’ There is this unspoken reality that, although I look different from you, I must act, think and speak the same as you, which is then promoted as diversity. Unnamed BBC … Continue reading At the BBC diversity means acting and thinking like them
Greg Dyke revealed the “hideously white” nature of the BBC last year. Expecting to then rapidly recruit ethnic minority staff into a white, male, Oxbridge-dominated culture is, at best, naive. Joy Francis, The Guardian, 13 May 2002 Tweet
Tony Blair’s pledge to destroy the establishment that controls large swathes of British life has been shattered by research showing that the country’s ‘cultural gatekeepers’ are still older, white men, most often educated at either Oxford or Cambridge. If anything, appointments under New Labour have become more male and Oxbridge-dominated” said Damian Tambini, author of … Continue reading Top jobs have become more Oxbridge dominated under New Labour
Every few months the senior executives at BBC and Channel 4 and ITV leave to take up similar jobs at a rival channel, where they immediately sack the existing staff and bring in their mates from their last jobs. They then cancel programmes and commission focus groups of unemployable daytime TV- watchers with personality disorders … Continue reading How TV programmes get made
From the word go, at the height of the cold war, youth culture was only ever the cleverest way of dividing and ruling and alienating working-class kids from their birthright and selling them a form of rebellion which came complete with all mod cons and built-in obsolescence. Just think: all that pain, all that struggle, … Continue reading I’m young, you’re old, I hate you! Now buy me those trousers!
People in high life have all the luxuries to themselves – among others the luxury of indulging their feelings. People in low life have no such privilege. Necessity, which spares out betters, has no pity on us. We learn to put our feelings back into ourselves, and to jog on with our duties as patiently … Continue reading Only the elite can afford to indulge their feelings
GBH was a seven-part TV drama by Alan Bleasdale, set in a Northern town in the Thatcher years, broadcasted on Channel 4 in 1991. In this scene Jim Nelson, the working class headmaster of a special school played by Michael Palin, sleepwalks out of his holiday caravan during a thunderstorm and crashes into a tree. … Continue reading Why should the dregs of our society act in a caring and decent manner when our self-seeking leaders don’t care about fairness and freedom?