The BBC is under fire for allowing three controversial critics of Rupert Murdoch to destroy his reputation in a new documentary about the Australian-born media mogul.
Business leaders have been accused of not being impartial by omitting crucial background data on contributors Tom Watson, Hugh Grant and Max Mosley in the three-part documentary.
Episode two of the series, entitled The Rise Of The Murdoch Dynasty, focuses on the phone hacking scandal that rocked the mogul’s News International empire between 2009 and 2011.
Along with Alan Rusbridger, then-editor of The Guardian newspaper, and investigative reporter Nick Davies, Watson, Grant, and Mosley are credited with uncovering how News of the World journalists hacked celebrity phones and even killed victims, including Milly Dowler.
The BBC is under fire for letting three controversial critics of Rupert Murdoch destroy his reputation in a new documentary about the Australian-born media mogul. Pictured: Mr Murdoch at Citymeals On Wheels’ 33rd Annual Power Lunch For Women at The Plaza Hotel in New York last November
But the episode, entitled The Rebel Alliance, doesn’t mention or cover up details like Mr. Grant’s criminal record or Mr. Watson’s role in promoting false allegations of a VIP child abuse ring in Westminster.
In the program, which will be shown on BBC2 on Tuesday 21 July, Mr Mosley can hardly hide his contempt for Mr Murdoch.
The ex-Formula 1 boss successfully sued the now-defunct newspaper after it published a story claiming he had been involved in a Nazi-themed orgy.
In 2008, a judge ruled that there was no substance to the claim of the Nazi theme that, “Mr. Mosley told the program,” was fully invented.
He says the heartbreak unleashed by the publicity surrounding his private life encouraged his son Alexander to revive a drug addiction, which claimed his life in 2009.
Mr. Mosley compares his struggle to a “war” that was “between good and evil.”
The program provides a brief background to Mr Mosley’s family ties to the far right, noting that his father Sir Oswald founded the British Union of Fascists.
But it does not mention that in 1961 Mr Mosley published a very racist election pamphlet for his father’s party, claiming that “colored immigrants spread disease.”
Business leaders have been accused of not being impartial by omitting crucial background data on contributors Tom Watson (left) and Hugh Grant (right)
The BBC show also features former Member of Parliament Tom Watson, but he does not mention Mr Mosley’s £ 500,000 donation to the politician.
The former Labor deputy leader echoes an earlier claim that Murdoch’s company operated along the lines of the ‘Mafia’ and says, ‘They broke the industrial-scale law, covered their coverages and tried to mouth their enemies trying to investigate to cord. ”
However, the BBC series does not mention the recent controversy over Mr Watson, who has been accused of pressuring the police to investigate child sex ring claims.
The malicious accusations have ruined the reputation of ex-Tory MP Harvey Proctor, the late former Secretary of the Interior Leon Brittan and the veteran of Lord Lord Bramall.
The program provides a brief background to Mr Mosley’s family ties to the far right, noting that his father Sir Oswald founded the British Union of Fascists
Last year, fantasist Carl Beech was sentenced to 18 years for perverting justice.
Proctor said last night that he believed Watson had continued the issue of phone hacking and then child abuse to further his own political career.
Likewise, the BBC program does not dwell on Mr. Grant’s arrest after he was caught doing an “obscene act” with sex worker Divine Brown. Mr. Grant wipes it off as an “escapade” and describes Mr. Murdoch as a threat to the democratic process.
Last night, Tory MP Andrew Bridgen questioned the series’ impartiality, saying, “For balance, the BBC should have pointed out that their contributors themselves are not without controversy.”
A BBC spokesperson said, “The program includes interviews with various contributors, from those who have criticized Murdoch, to those who consider themselves collaborators, to ensure that there is a balanced factual representation of the events covered.”