Help us Stop BBC Bias

by David Keighley

Help us Stop BBC Bias

by David Keighley
David Keighley
Case Owner
David Keighley is a former news and current affairs publicity officer for BBC and ITV. He is a media consultant and has monitored BBC news output since 1999 through his organisation News-watch.co.uk.
Funded
on 08th July 2019
£57,284
pledged of £65,000 stretch target from 1,465 pledges
David Keighley
Case Owner
David Keighley is a former news and current affairs publicity officer for BBC and ITV. He is a media consultant and has monitored BBC news output since 1999 through his organisation News-watch.co.uk.

Latest: Aug. 2, 2019

Thank you so much for your amazing support

We are pausing our fundraising until the hearing in the autumn.

I cannot thank you all enough for the amazing support – both financially and personally – you have given me in my CrowdJus...

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Have you ever stopped and questioned whether the output of BBC news and current affairs is as balanced as it could be?

Have you found yourself screaming at the Today programme, switching off Question Time, or getting angry listening to Any Questions? You are not alone.

Do you ever find yourself questioning its impartiality and how the BBC measures that?

Everyone has his or her own sense of what impartial means and yet the BBC uses highly unscientific opinion polling to measure it.  Our contention is that this kind of quantitative research takes no account of context, meaning, tone or even spokesperson. We're taking legal action and need your support. Please contribute now and share this page with your friends, family and on social media.


Our case

We are a group of private individuals bringing a case for judicial review of the way the BBC measures impartiality. It is our contention that the current methodology – based as it is on opinion polling – is fatally flawed.

Our argument is based on the fact that we believe that opinion polling is not a suitable mechanism to determine whether in fact the BBC is impartial.


What are we trying to achieve?

As concerned citizens we believe that there is a strong argument that the BBC is in breach of its obligations under its Charter and Framework Agreement.

The BBC is duty bound to assess its own performance, and this by definition means that there has to be a far more structured approach to assessing impartiality based on objectively ascertainable facts, not asking others how they think the BBC is doing.

We are therefore raising money for a judicial review process; to help us challenge the way the BBC itself measures its own levels of impartiality.  

We believe that the only way the BBC can be seen to be impartial is to have an independent, objective system of measurement - not one that the BBC runs against itself. Then and only then can it really be called impartial.


How much are we raising and why?

We have instructed McCarthy Denning, a specialist legal firm with a wealth of experience, to fight our case.

To do so we need to raise £30,000 to cover our legal fees in a case that we know the BBC will fight, supported by the substantial resources it has at its disposal.


What is the next step in the case?

We firmly believe that there is a strong claim based on an apparent failure of the BBC, in breach of its Charter and Framework Agreement, to put in place a system of measurement that can assess the performance of the broadcaster as regards its impartiality.

We need to prepare and issue proceedings and get permission to bring the case from the Court. This initial round of funding is to get that permission so that we can proceed to a Judicial Review of BBC conduct.

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Update 15

David Keighley

Aug. 2, 2019

Thank you so much for your amazing support

We are pausing our fundraising until the hearing in the autumn.

I cannot thank you all enough for the amazing support – both financially and personally – you have given me in my CrowdJustice campaign.  I am truly surprised by the speed at which we have raised so much money together.

The campaign’s initial target of £25,000 was hit within five days of its launch and in the end we have raised a staggering figure of over £57,000. This money is essential for me to fight for us all as we campaign for a fair and impartial BBC.

I always knew deep down that I was not the only person who felt the way I do about the BBC. Hundreds of us are feeling the same and that heartens me.

We have now submitted our case to the High Court and we are anticipating that a hearing will be held in the autumn. At that stage I will assess what our campaign needs in terms of additional fundraising, but for now let me say once again a huge ‘thank you’ - your generosity has enabled this very important challenge to go ahead. 


Update 14

David Keighley

Aug. 1, 2019

We are at 87% of our stretch target with just over a day to go.

Thank you to everybody for your support. 

Best Regards,

David. 

Update 13

David Keighley

July 22, 2019

We are 80% of the way to our stretch target!

We are 80% of the way to our stretch target! Preparation for the case is going well. But we need all the help we can muster to take on the might of the BBC so any further support towards our target will be very gratefully received. 

Regards,

David. 

Update 12

David Keighley

July 19, 2019

£50,000! Thank you so much for your support.

We reached £50,000 in donations. Thank you so much for your support. I am told preparation for the case is going well. But we need all the help we can muster to take on the might of the BBC so any further support towards our target will be very gratefully received. 

Best Regards,


David.

Update 11

David Keighley

July 18, 2019

£50,000! Thank you so much for your support.

We reached £50,000. Thank you so much for your support. I am told preparation for the case is going well ... but we expect many legal bumps along the way. 

Thank you again.

David.

Update 10

David Keighley

July 16, 2019

We are 65% of the way to our stretch target.

We are 65% of the way to our stretch target. Please share the campaign with your friends to get us that bit closer:

Sample FB post

Support the campaign to Stop Bias at the BBC! https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/stopbbcbias/

Sample Tweet

Support the campaign to Stop Bias at the BBC! https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/stopbbcbias/ #BBCbias #stopbbcbias

Sample email

Dear NAME, 

Stop BBC Bias's crowdfunding page on CrowdJustice is now live here: https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/stopbbcbias/

Will you help? - Pledge £15, or any amount you can, on: https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/stopbbcbias/ and help stop BBC Bias. 

Thanks so much!

Update 9

David Keighley

July 11, 2019

We are at over £40,000 with more than one thousand donors!

We are at over £40,000 with more than one thousand donors! We appreciate every penny. Please continue to share the campaign, and spread the word. 

Thanks so much!!

David. 

Update 8

David Keighley

July 9, 2019

Onwards and upwards!

Our initial £30,000 target to meet minimum costs has been met. We are hugely grateful for this support.  The war chest remains open so that we can fight anything that the BBC throws at us! They have deep pockets but we do not. 

The campaign has been covered in the Express here.

Thanks again for all your support. 

Best Regards,

David.

Update 7

David Keighley

July 8, 2019

We met our goal target of £30,000!!

We met our goal target of £30,000!! This means our request for a Judicial Review will go ahead. 

However, we are keeping the war chest open for donations to our stretch target as the BBC have deep pockets and we expect to incur more costs. 

Thank you so very much for your support.

Sincerely,

David.


Update 6

David Keighley

July 8, 2019

We are 95% funded!!

Almost there!!

Final shares on Facebook and Twitter, if you can, would be marvellous. 

Best,

David.

Update 5

David Keighley

July 8, 2019

We are 90% funded.

We really, really appreciate your support. Please share the page on Twitter and Facebook, if you can, to help us reach our goal target. 

Thank you!

David. 

Update 4

David Keighley

July 7, 2019

We are 80% funded!

Nearly there, thank you so much for your support!

Update 3

David Keighley

July 6, 2019

We are 69% funded!

We are on target to raise the funds - but we still need your support. Thanks so much!

Update 2

David Keighley

July 5, 2019

We are 63% of the way to our target!

Thank you so much for your support!

Update 1

David Keighley

July 4, 2019

We are 25% of the way there!

This is outstanding on our first day. Thanks so much to all our backers. 

You can help us further by emailing your contacts and encouraging them to support us, or posting our link to Facebook, or Tweeting our link.

Thank you so much!

David.


Sample FB post

Support the campaign to Stop Bias at the BBC! https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/stopbbcbias/


Sample Tweet

Support the campaign to Stop Bias at the BBC! https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/stopbbcbias/ #BBCbias #stopbbcbias


Sample email

Dear NAME, 

Stop BBC Bias's crowdfunding page on CrowdJustice is now live here: https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/stopbbcbias/

Will you help? - Pledge £15, or any amount you can, on: https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/stopbbcbias/

This is a concrete way to make a difference and hold the BBC to account with a Judicial Review. 

Thanks so much for your support!


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