Sunday, October 30, 2005

Worth every The Guardian's pocketbook?

For the second time in a week, The Guardian has puckered up and planted on nice juicy one right on the BBC's backside. On Wednesday, The Guardian editorial board was singing the praises of the BBC's World Service while lamenting the absence of additional funding for it.

Today, The Observer it yet again pontificates on the worthiness of the BBC, with an editorial headlined:

Worth every penny
The BBC still delivers the goods

An interesting choice of words. One can't help but wonder whether this was an unconscious reference to the amount of money the BBC spends on recruitment advertising in The Guardian.


Anonymous Mark Vassallo said...

Blimey Scott, I think there's every reason to help wondering about the amount of money the BBC spends on recruitment advertising in The Guardian. It sounds like you tipping over into the conspiracy mania that you so dislike

11:38 AM  
Blogger Scott Callahan said...


I don't doubt that The Guardian's main motivation for talking up the BBC is simply ideological comradeship. But I have read a couple of references to the amount of our tax money that the BBC spends on advertisements at The Guardian, and I think it would very interesting to know a) how much it is and b) how it compares to what the BBC spends elsewhere.

I don't think that one has to believe in a conspiracy to suspect that ideological bedfellows might do favors for each other. Do you?


4:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well they wouldn't waste our money advertising in the FT or the Torygraph now would they? This is more of a byproduct of pandering to the same bunch of mindless sheep. But it still bears commenting on.

11:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Observer leader doesn't even put forward a news angle for printing its homage to the BBC.

It was just overcome with a need to express its love.

4:54 PM  

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