I habitually waken up to the BBC World Service in the morning. Since returning from a spell abroad in Ethiopia, I have been struck by the massive dumbing down in the output of both BBC television and radio. There seemed to be little other than talent shows and celebrity games on the TV and the radio news had become focussed increasingly on trivia.

Sadly, not much has changed. Go to the front page of the BBC’s News front page today and there are 2 stories about a footballer who has hurt himself replete with clips from BBC TV news shows. The BBC UK news front page has another two stories on the topic and, bizarrely even the BBC’s World news front page carries another 2 stories. The footballer, a man called David Beckham, plays for England I gather, but go to the England front news page and there’s nothing at all!

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