BBC do a "hatchet job" on Ryanair tonight
Bloody hell, Sky+ is ganting at the prospect of this one. Panorama on BBC1 is preparing what Ryanair has already described as a "hatchet job" on the company. In order to head Auntie Beeb off at the pass, the budget airline has released all correspondence with the BBC on the matter, which includes a list of over 20 questions the programme's reporter demanded answers to.
Ryanair PR commander Stephen McNamara accused the BBC of refusing the budget airline an "adequate right of reply", because the BBC wouldn't grant Sky Marshall David O'Leary's request of an interview that was either live or unedited:
“Ryanair calls on the BBC to explain why Panorama refuses to provide balance in its programming and why licence payers are funding such rubbish-filled investigations which don’t stand up to scrutiny.”
But either live or unedited interviews are rare in such programmes, and tantamount to an attempt to control the editorial content, according to the Corporation:
"We do have a statement from Ryanair in the programme and a couple of clips of Mr O’Leary speaking in it. We wanted to interview Michael O’Leary but he wanted editorial control and that is something no broadcaster would agree to. We urge viewers to make their own minds up by watching Panorama on Monday.”
Of course that argument assumes that the BBC's editorial control won't show bias; after all, it's fair to say that Panorama doesn't have a reputation for depicting companies in the best light, and nobody is going to watch a programme that doesn't spread some muck about the airline. Panorama: Why Hate Ryanair? is on BBC1 at 8.30 tonight. Let us know what you think once you've seen it in the comments.