Is BBC Online about to be totally inconsistent with its own remit?

One day to go until the 500th anniversary of Luther’s 95 Theses, and no sign of anything Reformationy on BBC home page…

BBC home page (logged out) at 08:30 GMT on 30th October 2017. No sign of anything remotely Reformation-related yet.
BBC home page (logged out) at 08:30 GMT on 30th October 2017. No sign of anything remotely Reformation-related yet.

I shared recently my letter to the BBC challenging them to be consistent in their selection of editorial content for the BBC home page, and their very nice, if non-committal reply.

According to its Royal Charter, the BBC is supposed to be ideologically neutral, and therefore not to promote particular agenda, either by elevating certain content (as I suggested in the letter mentioned above) or by sidelining other content of similar significance.

But with one day to go until the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation, the BBC home page is showing no signs of doing anything of note to commemorate an event which changed society, and in many ways brought about the freedoms which we enjoy today.

This was the BBC’s home page at 8:30 GMT on 30th October (the 500th anniversary is on 31st):

Not a peep so far! Watch this space…

 

Update 30th October, 13:45 GMT

Finally there is some sign of the BBC Online actually recognizing the Reformation… an article on Luther, a long way down the page.

By 13:45 GMT on 30th October, an article on Martin Luther had appeared on the home page, a long way down...
By 13:45 GMT on 30th October, an article on Martin Luther had appeared on the home page, a long way down…

 

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