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"Fair and Unbiased"

So, Top Gear's man of mystery, the Stig, has unmasked himself in order to sell his book. The BBC is objecting to the publication of the book on the grounds that it breaches contractual and confidentiality agreements.

HarperCollins, the would-be publishers of the book, have issued a press release in which they say that they "are disappointed that the BBC has chosen to spend licence fee payers' money to suppress this book".

Remind me again who owns HarperCollins, and why they might want to make political capital at the BBC's expense in the run-up to the renegotiation of the BBC charter, and possible abolition of the license fee.

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Subjective judgements? I guess so. Not sure I get your point there though; subjectively I find homopobic, anti-environmental nonesense where breaking the law isn't so much condoned as fully exemplified to be brutally unpleasant and just a bit evil. And wherever I encounter it I find that kind of homophobia horrific.

The BBC does a lot of good stuff, but until such a time as it starts outright rejecting the kind of offensive tosh that typifies Top Gear they can't claim any kind of moral high ground in dealings with Murdochs brigade.

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