Monday, August 25, 2008

Male Dissent at the BBC

BBC news anchorman Jeremy Paxman is the latest to criticise the BBC for an increasing anti-male bias.

White middle-class men face discrimination at women-dominated BBC, says Jeremy Paxman
“White middle-class men are the most discriminated against group in television, Jeremy Paxman has claimed. The Newsnight presenter, 58, pointed to a string of women senior executives as evidence of their growing dominance in the industry.

And he even said he had advised white middle-class men not to bother going into TV because they have little chance of succeeding. 'Do I think it is a man's world? That is the most ridiculous question I have been asked all week.'

He then listed several women in senior positions, including BBC Vision director Jana Bennett and BBC1 Controller Jay Hunt, adding: 'Is this evidence of some male conspiracy keeping women down?' “

A string of high-profile male personalities has made the same complaint in recent years.

The BBC is being ruined by women, says leading astronomer Patrick Moore
Sir Patrick, 84, was asked by the Radio Times if television had got better or worse during a career spanning the medium’s life. The answer was worse – “much worse”. He said: “The trouble is that the BBC now is run by women and it shows: soap operas, cooking, quizzes, kitchen-sink plays. You wouldn’t have had that in the golden days.”

Former director general blames BBC women for 'dumb' shows
Former BBC director general Alasdair Milne has accused the corporation of producing "terrible" programmes and blamed the domination of female executives for too many "dumb, dumb, dumb" cookery and gardening shows.

"I have nothing against women - I've worked with them all my life. It just seems to me that the television service has largely been run by women for the last four to five years and they don't seem to have done a great job of work," Mr Milne told the Times.

The former director general, who ran the BBC between 1982 and 1987 during a turbulent series of clashes with Margaret Thatcher's government, claimed that a phalanx of senior female executives at the corporation had led to a decline in standards and an increasing reliance on "dumb" lifestyle and makeover shows.

Mr Milne, 74, said he had shared his concerns with BBC chairman Michael Grade at a recent lunch. "I told him I thought the programmes were terrible," he said.

It's a woman's world, moans Michael Buerk
Newsreader Michael Buerk has said "almost all the big jobs in broadcasting are held by women" who "decide what we see and hear".

The former Nine O'Clock News presenter told the Radio Times: "Life is lived in accordance with women's rules" and men are now merely "sperm donors".

Buerk added that it was time for society to admit there was a problem.

Comedian Rik Mayall made the same complaint several years ago.
It seems to me that there is obviously something in this. The BBC, which as a state-owned broadcaster is essentially a branch of the government, is scrupulously politically correct, and espouses that liberal-Left middle-class agenda. There seems little doubt that it has made efforts to promote women into senior positions over men. Furthermore, as the likes of Neil Lyndon and Erin Pizzey have commented, feminists in the early 1970s set themselves the task of 'taking over the BBC', which they did very effectively.

There is no question that dumbing down has followed. Can anyone name one current serious BBC science program? In the 1970s, Horizon was the science flagship of British television, and other great documentaries such as David Attenborough's Life on Earth were produced at that time. It is also worth mentioning Granada's multi award-winning 'The World at War' from 1973, all the more remarkable because it was made by a private company. Nothing of that quality is made any more. BBC TV now consists of dumbed-down news, soap operas and lifestyle shows about fashion, cooking and gardening, all of which reflect narrow, superficial female interests.

I hope that leading male TV personalities continue to speak out.