When you hear the word ‘fake’ you might think of the BBC or News Corp, but there are many more.
We know that the BBC is a mouthpiece of the state, with no real independent reporting and no real independence from political and corporate influence.
News Corp is a media company whose aim is to create a dominant media empire through its ownership of media properties, but the result is that it controls the vast majority of media coverage and the vast bulk of information.
These two companies have become major players in the global media market, with the likes of Rupert Murdoch and the BBC all vying for influence over the media landscape.
But there is another powerful media company, too.
This is a company that is run by the same media moguls, and which has no apparent interest in fact-checking or truth-telling.
That’s because it is owned by a company called ‘media’ (which is a euphemism for ‘media organisation’).
It’s also run by a former BBC director, the CEO of which was jailed for a decade for fraud in relation to the BBC Newsnight show.
The BBC has been one of the main beneficiaries of the globalisation of media over the past half century, thanks to the huge profits the corporation can make from advertising.
The profits have helped pay for an astonishing array of things, including the BBC’s own lavish spending on conferences and public appearances around the world.
In addition, the corporation has been a huge source of funds for political campaigning.
But the BBC has also become a target for criticism in recent years.
In 2017, the organisation was fined £3m by the BBC Trust for failing to disclose the fact that the corporation had paid £200,000 in tax in 2015.
The trust had said that it was concerned about ‘the impact of this on the BBC budget’.
The BBC said that the decision had been taken to make ‘the Trust’s funding decisions more transparent’.
However, the BBC itself had not disclosed any of this information to the Trust.
In 2016, the Corporation was also fined £5.5m by a court for ‘misleading the public’ about the extent of the costs of its financial year to the tune of £20.6m.
The Corporation was fined for not disclosing the extent to which its financial statements were made public.
It was also accused of misleading Parliament about the size of the Corporation’s budget in its annual report.
In 2018, it was also ordered to pay £4.3m to the Government over ‘misuse of public funds’.
These fines are only the latest in a long line of complaints about the BBC.
In 2019, the Government accused the BBC of misleading the public about the impact of its new licence fee increase, as well as misleading Parliament over its tax affairs.
In 2021, the UK’s Public Accounts Committee found that the Corporation had ‘a duty of care’ to ensure that the public had ‘sufficient information about its funding’.
In 2021 it also found that ‘it has failed to provide adequate information about the activities of its staff’.
This year, the Royal Society of Arts, the Guardian, and the Independent published reports which detailed how the BBC had failed to disclose that it had paid over £200m in tax over the previous three years.
It also said that this had caused it to miss £3.5bn in payments to HM Revenue & Customs.
The watchdog’s findings were subsequently confirmed by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, but in 2018 the Corporation finally revealed that it paid £7.5 million to HMRC in a settlement over its payments to the taxman.
But it did not reveal to Parliament that it actually paid over the tax.
The UK government also announced that it would ‘reconsider’ the BBC ‘payments to HM in respect of tax avoidance and evasion’.
This is an indication that the government wants the Corporation to disclose more information about how much it pays in tax.
This has led to a number of questions about the corporation.
Is it doing enough to ensure the public has access to the information it has?
And is the BBC doing enough in terms of disclosure?
We’ve all been shocked by the revelations that have been made over the years about the Corporation.
It’s a shame, because the BBC can’t really afford to keep quiet about its activities and its funding.
The corporation is run for the benefit of the people it serves.
But even though the corporation is funded by the taxpayers, the government has the power to get its money back.
And, as a consequence, the public can have access to a watchdog that has the ability to make sure the Corporation is operating in a fair way.
The Government’s report found that there is ‘no evidence’ of any wrongdoing by the Corporation, even though it has made millions from the licence fee.
And that’s because there are no ‘independent’ sources for its information.
The public can only get information from the BBC, and only then through a