VIDEO – As the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
is set to welcome former Times newspaper editor James Harding as its new director of current affairs, Jews in the United Kingdom are likely to be hopeful that the broadcaster is more friendly to Israel
in its news coverage after a report found that nearly four out of five Jews believe the network is biased against the Jewish state.
Harding, the grandson of a German-Jewish refugee, became the youngest ever editor at the Times when he was appointed to the position at the age of 38 in 2007.
The report, based on an online poll by the Institute for Jewish Policy Research, found that even though most Jews believe the BBC doesn’t support Israel enough, they still watch it anyway, with 88% tuning in, compared to only 49% for ITV and 44% for Channel 4.
Jews were also found to be skeptical of the left-leaning Guardian newspaper, with only 22% saying they read the paper, compared to 46% who read the Times.