I can’t remember the last time I saw such a cliffhanger on a TV show as on Line of Duty last night (BBC1, 9 pm). Actually, I think it must have been during the previous series of Line of Duty in 2016 (which is on iPlayer, albeit expiring imminently). The previous series of the police procedural drama received near universal acclaim and was so successful that it earned the programme a switch from BBC2 to the coveted BBC1 evening slot. The cast all play their roles to perfection, and the writing ensures it’s an edge-of-the-seat watch throughout for the viewer.
Is the BBC biased? It’s interesting that in the UK, people generally assume the media to be trustworthy reporters presenting news that is of objective importance. The mainstream print media covers a wide political spectrum, from the Daily Mail and Daily Telegraph which present generally conservative views, to the left wing outlooks of the Daily Mirror and The Guardian.
However, broadcasting media is dominated by one huge corporation: the corporation, Auntie, the BBC. 93% of the population of the United Kingdom use a BBC provided service at least once a week. A whopping 256 million people worldwide receive their news from the BBC in some form, that’s a staggering one in twenty-eight. This is an astronomical figure, and the BBC’s reputation and renown for impartiality even in wartime is a key factor in retaining such a wide usage-but in recent years this reputation has come under increasing attack. Is the BBC really a trustworthy source for information with regards to key issues? Put simply, can we trust the news the BBC presents?