The BBC is under growing pressure to air a Disaster Emergency Committee (DEC) charity appeal for aid to Gaza after other channels agreed to broadcast it. Caroline Thompson, the cheif operating officer at the BBC , will be on the first half of the program today to take your questions.
Director General Mark Thompson has said that by airing the appeal “The danger for the BBC is that this could be interpreted as taking a political stance on an ongoing story.”
The decision has sparked massive reaction both for and against it , veteran politician Tony Benn, said: “We can’t ignore suffering in the interests of what the BBC calls impartiality.”
International Development Secretary Douglas Alexander told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme the British public could “distinguish between support for humanitarian aid and perceived partiality in a conflict”.
But Culture secretary Andy Burnham said that it was the BBC’s call whether to air the appeal or not. He said, ” I think it’s right that broadcasters come to their own judgement.”
And in this article Andrew Roberts says the BBC is right not to air the appeal not because it’s impartial but because it is actually biased towards Palestine and that many of the 13 charities making the DEC according to him are ant-Israeli.
What do you think, is the BBC and Sky News right not to air the Gaza appeal? Is it a public broadcaster’s job to air charity appeals or should it focus on delivering accurate stories about these conflicts and let people make-up their minds?