Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Media Studies

Who cares that the top 10 highest paid employees of the BBC are men? The top 10 highest paid employees of the BBC are overpaid, and so are an awful lot more further down the list. The gender pay gap thing, amplified by a woman who thought that she was indispensable as the only journalist in the world to be fluent both in English and in Mandarin, has only ever been an enormous distraction from the real issue.

Meanwhile, the moment of decision approaches over the future of Sky in general, and of Sky News in particular.

Many of us hold positions that the BBC simply ignores. The workers, and not the liberal bourgeoisie, as the key swing voters. Identity issues located within the struggle for economic equality and for international peace. The leading role in the defence of universal public services of those who would otherwise lack basic amenities, and in the promotion of peace of those who would be the first to be called upon to die in wars. The decision of the EU referendum by areas that voted Labour, Liberal Democrat or Plaid Cymru.

Opposition from the start to the failed programme of economic austerity. Against all Governments since 1997, opposition to the privatisation of the NHS and other public services, to the persecution of the disabled, to the assault on civil liberties, to every British military intervention during that period, to Britain’s immoral and one-sided relationship with Saudi Arabia, and to the demonisation of Russia.

Rejection of any approach to climate change which would threaten jobs, workers’ rights, the right to have children, travel opportunities, or universal access to a full diet. Rescue of issues such as male suicide, men’s health, and fathers’ rights from those whose economic and other policies have caused the problems. And refusal to recognise racists, Fascists or opportunists as the authentic voices of the accepted need to control immigration. 

Whoever acquires Sky News ought to identify and include representatives of the traditions in which we stand.

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