Richard Sambrook

is director of the Global News Division of the BBC.


When deciding whether to broadcast offensive material, the BBC must weigh up giving a platform to extremism against the journalistic duty to inform, says the director of the BBC Global News Division. As a recent undercover documentary about the British Far-Right showed, the BBC is not afraid to report on hate speech. But coverage should be proportionate to reality, and the media’s task should be to explain tension, not to exacerbate it.

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