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There are 60 posts tagged: "BBC editorial standards: how many monkeys does it take…?"

13 January 2022
Reading of the death of Ronnie Spector, I was expecting her ex-husband's criminal conviction to be dragged up. Not that it needed to be included in her obituary; after all, it had nothing to do with her. The couple had divorced three decades prior to Lana Clarkson's murder. (more…)
Altered images
11 January 2022
In an advertorial for Apple TV+'s The Tragedy of Macbeth, on behalf of BBC Culture, Hanna Flint explores Why Lady Macbeth is literature's most misunderstood villain. Meanwhile, for their part, the BBC's homepage editor has decided that they don't understand the question. (more…)
The great escape
7 January 2022
The BBC might like to consider pulling their homepage text from the same source as their article headlines. That way, they would only have to correct any errors once. Of course, BBC editorial competence being what it is, the downside is that they could have the same error twice. (more…)
Frohes Neues Jahr!
2 January 2022
While those lovable French set cars alight, the Germans take an altogether more sedate approach to welcoming in the new year. I have it on good authority that they like nothing more than throwing fireworks at each other in the street. Consequently, news that there has only been one death in Germany seems like a stroke of good fortune; except to the victim's family, that is. (more…)
Burma or bust
21 December 2021
We learn, courtesy of the world's most trusted international news broadcaster™, that Myanmar is also called Burma. Except Myanmar hasn't officially been called Burma since it was renamed on 18 June 1989. (more…)
Live. Die. Repeat. Or not.
16 December 2021
It's a sad story. So I feel bad that my first thought, when spotting the link on the BBC homepage, was puzzlement as to how one Indian housewife repeatedly kills herself. (more…)
Leper colony
12 December 2021
In the current dinky butthurt climate, is it no longer acceptable to refer to leprosy sufferers as lepers, and a colony of them as a leper colony? Or is this just the BBC's usual low-intellect shenanigans? (thinking) (more…)
10 December 2021
Chinese property-developer, Evergrande, has missed a crucial repayment deadline. (more…)
When correct is incorrect
10 December 2021
BBC Bitesize is a series of purportedly educational learning materials and quizzes for children. Or is it? Educational, that is. (more…)
Keeping Members (of Parliament) warm
7 December 2021
The animatronic Tyrannosaurus rex at London's Natural History museum is sporting a festive sweater, courtesy of a Leicester knitwear company. (more…)
That's a turnip for the books!
1 December 2021
BBC News' Maddy Savage explains how Magdalena Andersson became Sweden's first female Prime Minister, twice! Except she didn't, really. (more…)
The ol' one-two
1 December 2021
Okay, so I promised to never again question the BBC's disdain for national adjectives, and I think that I've been pretty good of late. That's not to say the BBC's editorial staff haven't transgressed, they have. But I've been the bigger person, looked the other way, and moved on. (more…)
Bog off!
16 November 2021
In an interview with Mark Savage for the BBC, Sir Rod Stewart admits that he tired of performing Da Ya Think I’m Sexy? (more…)
Sporting fashion
4 November 2021
Yet another bait-and-switch from our friends at the BBC. What appears to be a cataclysmic outcome for JD Sports (above), turns out to be more prosaic (below). Instead of being forced to sell the whole company, it's only being forced to sell off a subsidiary that duplicates its own core business. (more…)
Describe in detail
27 October 2021
Huma Abedin, a former aide to Hilary Clinton, has a book being published next week in which she details sex assault by US senator. Except, she doesn't, really. (more…)
Not fast enough
24 October 2021
On the shooting death of Ecuadorian sprinter, Alex Quiñónez, outside a shopping centre in Guayaquil, BBC News notes that This is the second killing of an international athlete this month. Just over a week ago, Agnes Tirop was stabbed to death in Kenya. (more…)
13 October 2021
I've long noticed headlines on the BBC's homepage being couched as questions, rather than statements. They try to engender interest in fluff pieces that cover evidently uninteresting subjects, or ones that (can) reach no definitive conclusion. (more…)
Hello hardly anyone
4 October 2021
F*c*book and its subsidiaries, WhatsApp and Instagram, have been hit by a severe, global outage. In response, Twitter tweeted, in fun: (more…)
1 October 2021
According to the BBC's homepage headline, DNA evidence has revealed a French ex-police officer to be a rapist and murderer. Except, according to the actual article: (more…)
The type of R. Kelly (part 2)*
28 September 2021
The jury's returned, and R. Kelly's goin' down! (more…)
Wise words
27 August 2021
Back in 1973, British comedy duo Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise gave a forthright interview, which has recently come to light. In it, they offered their thoughts on the university comedy of their BBC stablemates, Monty Python. (more…)
The type of R. Kelly*
22 August 2021
Something about the reporting of R. Kelly's trial for racketeering, sexual abuse and bribery struck me as strange. (more…)
A glimmer of hope?
11 August 2021
I have, in the past, highlighted the BBC's inability to use proper national adjectives, but have since ceased as I walk the path to being a better person. Nevertheless, I feel compelled to point it out when they at last get it right. (more…)
Apostrophe apathy
10 August 2021
My strive to be a better person, and not nit-pick the BBC's grammatical sloppiness did not formally extend to punctuation and the possessive form. Nevertheless, I'll refrain from comment. (more…)
Reporting reporting
9 August 2021
A story of rats deserting New York state's Governor Andrew Cuomo's sinking ship gives the BBC the opportunity for a little editorial sloppiness. (more…)
Moving on
25 June 2021
Writing for BBC Worklife, Bryan Lufkin explains why it's okay to not reignite relationships that have stagnated during lockdown. You can let acquaintanceships and friendships go, should you wish. (more…)
18 June 2021
Oh, the irony! The BBC reports that Insider Voice, a US news website, has referred to Leicester Tigers' hooker, Tom Young, as a prostitute. Despite having been advised of the error, the headline hadn't been corrected a week later. (more…)
A hard habit to brake
17 June 2021
Prosecutors say the emergency break, which could have prevented the accident, had been intentionally disabled. (more…)
You can die, but you can't hide
2 June 2021
Writing for BBC Culture about the Tea Chest Tapes, a collection of lost music tapes belonging to the late British producer Joe Meek, Arwa Haider reflects on Meek's life and work. (more…)
I give up!
26 May 2021
The BBC's journalists and editors really do not like adjectives. Picking apart their linguistic shortcomings is like painting the Forth Bridge; an unending and thankless task. It doesn't achieve anything and, after a while, I'm starting to sound like a broken record, irritating and boring. (more…)
Runners 'n' riders
23 May 2021
After twenty-one runners died as a result of extreme weather during an ultramarathon in north-west China, the BBC once again demonstrates its poor grasp of the English language. (more…)
Privates on parade
20 May 2021
Yet another German terrorist plot. And, once again, under German privacy rules the suspect's surname cannot be revealed. In this case, the suspect is a military officer who's only named by the BBC as Lt Franco A. (more…)
See no evil
20 May 2021
They've been hailed as virus success stories - places that have seen virtually zero or single-digit Covid cases since the start of the year. (more…)
A reasonable expectation
19 May 2021
A global semiconductor shortage has caused car manufacturers to reduce output. In addition, they have to deal with increased pressure to reduce environmental emissions and a downturn in sales due to the pandemic. (more…)
Lo-rez journalism
17 May 2021
Writing for BBC Reality Check, intrepid investigative journalists Christopher Giles and Jack Goodman ask the key question, Israel-Gaza: Why is the region blurry on Google Maps? What do you mean, dear reader, you weren't aware that it was? It is, and we're here to find out why! (more…)
Unfortunate choice of words
21 April 2021
Streaming services have benefitted over the past year, as the Chongvirus has forced people to stay at home. But all good things must come to an end, at least according to the BBC. (more…)
The truth about lying
7 April 2021
Writing for BBC Future, via Knowable Magazine, Jessica Seigel asks Can you tell when someone is lying? And, if I were to reply that I could, would you know whether or not I was lying? (more…)
Come fly with me
31 March 2021
From the Bonkers Institute comes an analysis which concludes that A small minority of frequent flyers dominate air travel. No shit! I guess that must be why they're called frequent flyers then. At least that little question's cleared up. (more…)
Quoting sources
31 March 2021
Copy/paste. We all do it, and don't try to pretend that you don't! It's especially useful for direct quotations, as the surest way of not screwing up. So, there's absolutely nothing wrong with copy/paste—provided that you're not breaking copyright laws, that is. (more…)
Another Fury, another cat
30 March 2021
Writing for BBC Culture, Nicholas Barber marks the imminent 80th anniversary of the introduction of the world's first great superheroine. No, not Wonder Woman, she arrived six months later; Miss Fury made her comic strip debut in April 1941. Not only was Miss Fury the first superheroine in print, but she was also the creation of, fittingly enough, a woman, June Tarpé Mills. In Mills's hands, Marla Drake, a New York socialite by day, becomes a Catwoman wannabe;* donning a magic leopardskin jumpsuit and bounding into action, as you do. (more…)
The speed of film
4 March 2021
How fast is a film? I'm sure that's a question you've never thought of before. And neither had I until today, when I read, courtesy of the BBC, of Demon Slayer, an anime that: (more…)
Inside out
12 February 2021
Once again, I feel mean for nitpicking on BBC journalism. But when, on the same day, you claim to be the world's most trusted international news broadcaster, you've gotta get shit right. (more…)
If you can't get it right, do it wrong
11 February 2021
I don't know whether to file this under idiot cheats or idiot editors, so I'll tag it with both. (more…)
One bad deed
18 January 2021
He was one of the most influential pop songwriters and producers of his, or any, generation; he invented the wall of sound; and he worked with some of the most iconic artists in pop music history. He was also convicted of second degree murder. (more…)
Excitable BBC 'journalist' in overstating the case shock!
7 November 2020
According to Zoe Kleinman, the T&C for several popular apps are longer than Harry Potter, which sounds daunting. The reality, as is so often the case, is more prosaic. (more…)
How many Republicans does it take to confirm a judge?
27 October 2020
Orange Don's nomination for the US Supreme Court, Judge Amy Coney Barrett, has been confirmed by the US Senate in a 52-48 vote. According to the BBC's report, Mr Trump's fellow Republicans voted 52-48 to approve the judge, overcoming the unified opposition of Democrats. (more…)
Why is 'petty' not pronounced like 'pretty' without an 'r'?
27 September 2020
It's time to score petty points on the internet at the BBC's expense! Are you ready? Then let's go! (more…)
10 August 2020
While reporting the shameful and disrespectful forced redundancy of British Airways' staff through fire and rehire tactics, the BBC has diplomatically changed the names of their respondents. Could this be to protect them from company retaliation? If so, it's very laudable, and most definitely the right thing to do! (more…)
The buffet slayer
19 July 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic is killing the US buffet. Although, judging by the size of Americans, I'm surprised that the very notion of an all-you-can-eat buffet hadn't become certain financial suicide years ago. (more…)
Not much anonymity
20 February 2020
A suspected racially-motivated attack in Germany, which is being treated as terrorism, has claimed at least nine victims. According to police, the suspect, a 43-year old German citizen identified only as Tobias R by local media, killed himself. (more…)
Say that again?
25 November 2019
In a report on the freeing of hostages in the Philippines, the BBC notes that In May, a 59-year-old Dutch hostage was reportedly killed by his captors on the nearby island of Jolo in May. (more…)
Strapped for inspiration
28 October 2019
When you simply cannot come up with a suitable byline, just repeat the headline and hope that your readers have short memories. Job's a good'un! (thumbup) (more…)
What hope is there when even copying is too difficult?
30 August 2018
I realise that BBC journalism seems to have degraded to trawling social media, but it's even sadder that their journalists cannot cut'n'paste the Twitterati properly. Despite using double quotes, which I take to be a verbatim quotation, they managed to introduce three changes to the following message: ellipsis (…) changed to comma; ampersand (&) changed to and; and the complete dropping of will. (more…)
Mary, Mary, on the contrary
13 March 2018
According to a new film, Mary Magdalene was not a fallen women redeemed by Christ; that was all made up by Pope Gregory I in 591. Instead, she has now been given a completely new, and likely just as fictitious, back story. (more…)
Is there a copy editor in the house?
10 July 2017
In a report on a fire at London's Camden Lock Market, the BBC notes that: London Ambulance Service was called in, but confirmed it had not treated any patients. (more…)
23 August 2013
Police in Belgium have recovered drugs and chemicals worth an estimated €1.3 billion in a raid on an illicit drugs factory. Eleven suspects, all aged 30 to 50, have been arrested (more…)
Dangerous by design?
15 August 2013
The furniture chain Ikea is recalling thousands of children's beds, because of a design fault. (more…)
Product placement, North Korean style
10 December 2012
There's a curious quirk on every official North Korean website. A piece of programming that must be included in each page's code. (more…)
No shit, Sherlock: We got braynz
29 August 2012
According to the BBC, after his assassination Leon Trotsky's brain proved unusually heavy. (more…)
Colin plays Arnie
6 August 2012
Yes, you read that correctly, picture-peepers. Colin Farrell plays Arnold Schwarzengger in Total Recall. Not the character played by Arnie, but the genuine Arnie-article himself! (more…)