Younger journalists do not understand impartiality and confuse it with “social justice”, former BBC editors have warned.
A generation that has grown up with social media believes that being impartial and saying what they think is right are the same things.
Giving evidence to a House of Lords committee, Roger Mosey, the former head of BBC Television News, said: “Some younger journalists don’t understand it in the way it was classically imbued into BBC journalists over the years.”
Richard Sambrook, former head of newsgathering at the corporation, is now a professor of journalism and said his students don’t see impartiality in the same way that older generations do.
“I talked to students about impartiality… and they may say, ‘Well, fairness is about social justice.’
It also seems a useful observation as it explains a lot of the media we do see, doesn’t it?