A panel commissioned by the BBC Trust to look into the Beeb's coverage of business issues "has seen a number of individual lapses and identified some trends which lead to repeated breaches of the BBC’s standards". For example:
- an interview with Bill Gates was "sycophantic in tone"
- interviews with Stuart Rose, CEO of M&S, were "too uncritical"
The difference, I suppose, is that Fleet Street is cowed into sycophancy by dependency on advertising revenues: the Beeb should be above such considerations. If it can't rise to the occasion from this privileged position, what's the point of financial independence?