Tuesday 24 October 2017

Karen Coleman: Latest BBC disaster is eerily similar to RTE fiasco

The crisis engulfing the BBC is eerily similar to the fiasco that led to RTE's 'Prime Time Investigates' programme being axed after it wrongly accused Fr Kevin Reynolds of abusing a young African woman and fathering a child by her. Both catastrophes raise serious questions about the journalistic standards in these large, well-resourced organisations.

When the BBC gets it wrong it has wide ramifications, as it is a standard bearer for many of us in the media and it has the resources to undertake robust investigative work. That is a luxury many media organisations cannot afford as they struggle to battle the recession and competition from online outlets.

Ironically, the BBC programme that's responsible for the latest fiasco is 'Newsnight', which was already in trouble over the decision by its editor to ditch investigations into Jimmy Savile.

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