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LONDON – The Guardian is the most widely purchased and read newspaper at the
BBC, according to a report by a London- based current affairs website.
response to a Freedom of Information request raised by The Commentator news
portal, the BBC said it buys more copies of The Guardian than any other British
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According to the information released by the BBC’s procurement
department, between April 2010 and February 2011, the BBC bought nearly 60,000
copies of The Guardian
– 8,000 more than The Times
in second place. At the
bottom of the list was Scottish newspaper Daily Record
, with only 1,486 copies
The Commentator said the BBC has a heavily disproportionate
number of Guardian readers among its staff. The news portal also said that the
BBC has a disproportionate influence on national debate in a whole range of
“Two of Britain’s most popular right-of-center newspapers, The
and Daily Mail
, combined have a circulation of some 2.3 million
compared to The Independent
and The Guardian,
which weigh in at just over
320,000,” said the portal.
“Odd then, that despite besting their axis of
left-wing rivals by seven times in the national market, the BBC procures almost
10,000 less copies of the Daily Mail
and The Daily Telegraph
in the period
displayed,” The Commentator said.
The BBC declined to comment, saying
only that the figures are available and in the public domain.
needed further proof to understand why the BBC and The Guardian
lines seem so in tune, they need look no further than this evidence,” said
Raheem Kassam, The Commentator’s executive editor. “On issues such as the
National Health Service, economy and most recently the Israeli capital, it is
little wonder why the tax-payer-funded BBC is effectively a state-funded
mouthpiece for The Guardian.
“Looking at the general lines on Israel
taken by both organizations, you’d be forgiven for thinking they were one and
the same. The fact is The Guardian
and the BBC are far too inextricably linked
and this bond must be broken,” he said.