President of Israel, Isaac Herzog, blasts the BBC as

The president of Israel has condemned the BBC for its ‘atrocious’ refusal to brand Hamas as a terrorist group.

In an interview with the Daily Mail, Isaac Herzog said Israeli families had been “wiped off the face off the earth” and asked what else the BBC needed “in order for them to admit that we are dealing with the worst terrorist organisation in the world?”.

Mr Herzog told the paper: “I feel the BBC’s reporting is atrocious.

“The fact that it does not recognise Hamas as a terror organisation requires a complete legal battle and public battle. It’s unbelievable.

“I’ve seen the booklet that each of those terrorists received. Each one is instructed to go into an innocent village and kibbutz or city and immediately torture whoever is abducted, immediately.

“What other type of torture do they want before they decide it was a terrorist organisation?”

Under its editorial guidelines, the BBC said it does not use the word “terrorist” but attributes it and makes it clear that Hamas is proscribed as a terrorist organisation by the UK Government.

A statement from the BBC board, after its regular monthly meeting held earlier this week, said: “No one who has watched or listened to harrowing reports over the last 10 days could be left in any doubt about the horror brought about by Hamas’s attack on defenceless civilians in Israel.

“As this war continues, with so many deaths of innocent civilians in both Israel and Gaza, the BBC will no doubt continue to come under scrutiny about the way in which we cover it – that is to be expected and also welcomed. The BBC is listening.


“We believe that our editorial guidelines serve us well, and continue to serve us well in difficult circumstances; we do periodically review them as a matter of course, and when we do so at our next planned review in the spring, we will consult and debate these issues just as we always do.”

On Monday, the BBC said it has received complaints about its coverage of the conflict and there have been accusations of bias from both sides.


Jewish BBC sports reporter quits his job because of broadcaster


A Jewish BBC sports reporter has resigned from his job because of his bosses’ refusal to describe Hamas as terrorists.



Noah Abrahams, who is 22 and worked on BBC Radio Derby, said the decision to not describe Hamas’s actions as terrorism was ‘unjustified’, adding that words have the power ‘to fuel hate and put fuel on the fire’. 



The BBC refers to Hamas as a ‘militant’ group and described the slaughter of civilians as a ‘militant’ attack.



Explaining his decision to quit, Mr Abrahams told TalkTV: ‘I have morals and I stick by them. I think the BBC’s refusal to use the correct terminology is unjustified. 



‘Words impact how we think, how we react, how we act. They have influence. [Hamas] aren’t freedom fighters or, as John Simpson refers to them, gunmen. They’re terrorists. 



‘There are probably people watching who think I’ve thrown it all away for some words, but words – when neglected – have the power to fuel hate and put fuel on the fire.’ 



Mr Abrahams said he realised he had made a ‘monumental career life decision’ but felt he needed to make a stand because of the threats currently facing British Jews. 



‘Jewish schoolchildren can’t go to school feeling safe and synagogues have security so heightened that it strikes fear to you,’ he said. 



‘We’re taking off our jewellery and necklaces. People will avoid London tomorrow because of the threat. 



‘That is fear. And anything that happens in Israel – like it or not – has a direct affect on the British community. 



‘British Jews are terrified, and so am I, and I don’t feel like I can stand by the BBC any longer with their stance on terminology.’  



He added: ‘Jews are terrified, as am I. And I’ve just made a really monumental career and life decision. So as with everyone I’m going through a hard time at the moment.’



A BBC spokesperson said: ‘We always take our use of language very seriously. 



‘Anyone watching or listening to our coverage will hear the word ”terrorist” used many times – we attribute it to those who are using it, for example, the UK Government. 



‘This is an approach that has been used for decades, and is in line with that of other broadcasters. 


‘The BBC is an editorially independent broadcaster whose job is to explain precisely what is happening ”on the ground” so our audiences can make their own judgement.’

BBC comedian and former The One Show correspondent, Hardeep Singh Kohli arrested and charged in connection with s3xual offences

BBC comedian, Hardeep Singh Kohli has been charged in connection with ‘non-recent’ sexual offences.

The 54-year-old has been released from custody and is set to appear in court at a later date.

Mr. Kohli is a former Celebrity Big Brother and Celebrity MasterChef contestant and has presented several programmes for the BBC.

It comes following allegations from a number of women, which was reported in The Times last month.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: ‘A 54-year-old man has been arrested and charged in connection with allegations of non-recent sexual offences.

‘He has been released on an undertaking to appear in court at a later date.

‘A report of the circumstances has been submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.’

Mr Kohli was runner-up in the 2006 series of Celebrity MasterChef, as well as being a housemate in 2018’s Celebrity Big Brother alongside former Arsenal midfielder Jermaine Pennant, Coronation Street actor Ryan Thomas, and former Cheers actress Kirstie Alley.

Before entering the house, Mr Kohli said: ‘It’s better to have loved and lost than to have never gone into the Celebrity Big Brother house at all.’

The comedian’s parents came to the UK from India in the 1960s and Mr Kohli would go on to study law at the University of Glasgow. 

BBC newsreader, George Alagiah dies at 67 after a nine year battle with�bowel�cancer

Legendary BBC newsreader, George Alagiah, has died at the age of 67  after a nine-year battle with bowel cancer.


Alagiah, who was one of the BBC’s longest-serving and most respected journalists, was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2014.


He reported and presented for the BBC for more than three decades, presenting the BBC News at Six for 20 years, and collecting awards as a foreign correspondent in the years prior.


Born in Sri Lanka before moving to Ghana and then England in childhood, he joined the BBC as a foreign affairs correspondent in 1989 and then became an Africa correspondent.


George was named Amnesty International’s Journalist of the Year in 1994 for reporting on the civil war in Burundi and also won the Broadcasting Press Guild’s award for television journalist of the year.


Later, George presented the BBC One O’Clock News, Nine O’Clock News, and BBC Four News, before being made one of the main presenters of BBC News at Six in 2003. George also presented his own show on BBC World News for many years.


He was appointed an OBE for services to journalism in 2008.


George was diagnosed with stage four bowel cancer in 2014 and returned to presenting the following year. He continued to present for the BBC when not receiving treatment.


He had two sons with his wife of 40 years, Frances Robathan, and three grandchildren.


The BBC confirmed the news of Alagiah’s death, writing:

“Across the BBC, we are all incredibly sad to hear the news about George. We are thinking of his family at this time.

“George was one of the best and bravest journalists of his generation who reported fearlessly from across the world as well as presenting the news flawlessly.

“He was more than just an outstanding journalist, audiences could sense his kindness, empathy, and wonderful humanity. He was loved by all and we will miss him enormously.”

At the Women’s World Cup this month, the BBC will share UK broadcasting duties with the ITV once again.

The first Women’s World Cup 2023 fixture shown on BBC will be the opening game, where joint-hosts New Zealand taken on Norway on Thursday 20 July, with England’s second game against Denmark also being broadcast by BBC.

BBC presenter suffers heart attack live on air

BBC broadcast was interrupted after the presenter suffered a heart attack live on air.


BBC Radio Devon presenter David Fitzgerald experienced a heart issue while presenting his morning programme on Thursday, April 13, forcing colleague Michael Chequer to take his place.


Michael informed listeners: “It is Thursday morning, Michael Chequer in for David Fitzgerald who is feeling a little under the weather.


“He has left the studio to get himself checked out.


“He is absolutely fine, we will keep you updated and let you know. He will be back with you ASAP.”


David later took to Facebook to update listeners on his well-being.


He said: “Just a little heart issue this morning, on the radio… thank you Derriford.”


The presenter also shared a photo of himself on a hospital bed and surrounded by various wires.


BBC presenter suffers heart attack live on air


David began working in radio back in 1980, where he gradually moved through ILR and into television by 1986.


By 1994 he was working as a US presenter for Sky News, covering events including the arrest of OJ Simpson, to the Waiko and the Oklahoma bombings.


He also reported on the death of Princess Diana, the Bosnian War, General Elections, and Royal Weddings.


Over the recent years, David has presented BBC shows.

Gary Lineker will be missing from BBC’s coverage of the FA Cup quarter-final between Brighton and Grimsby Town today after being ‘silenced’ again, albeit for a different reason this time.

Lineker was suspended by the BBC from presenting Match of the Day last weekend after comments he made on Twitter in which he criticised the government’s policy on migrant boats.

BBC boss Tim Davie has apologised for the disruption to the station’s sports coverage this weekend following the decision to remove Gary Lineker from Saturday night’s Match of the Day programme.

The BBC announced on Friday that Lineker would be “stepping back” from the show after his criticism of the UK government on Twitter earlier in the week.

Gary Lineker, presenter of the BBC’s Match of the Day, has been left on the bench this weekend with his future in doubt.

Lineker this week tweeted his support (opens in new tab) for refugees, labelling a recent government policy as an “Immeasurably cruel policy directed at the most vulnerable people in language that is not dissimilar to that used by Germany in the 30s”.

BBC show Match of the Day will go ahead without Gary Lineker this weekend, with the state broadcaster suspending the Leicester City legend from the anchor seat. 

The Beeb announced today that Lineker would “step back from presenting Match of the Day until we’ve got an agreed and clear position on his use of social media,” after the show’s face tweeted that a government policy on refugees was “immeasurably cruel”. 

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