Monday, 26 January 2009
Has the BBC Lost Its Way?
It started with the furore over the BBC's refusal to air the Disasters Emergency Committee appeal for people suffering in Gaza - the BBC fell over itself to avoid the slightest whiff of bias. The only thing is they did what many bureacracy bound organisations end up doing - tied themselves in so tight a knot that they do nothing. So the suffering continues.
Then, last night the Beeb broadcast A ShortStay in Switzerland the moving true story of Dr Ann Turner who, in 2006, took her own life in a Switzerland clinic, before a cruel degenerative disease left her trapped, unable to carry out the act for herself.
For millions of people Julie Walters' performance resonated deeply sending waves of conflicting emotion crashing into each other. It certainly did for us. Then at the end of the programme when people felt at their most emotionally raw and exposed the Beeb offered a helpline.
Here is the list of people who may have been affected by the issues raised in the programme:
- anyone caring for someone with a degenerative disease
- anyone caring for someone with a terminal illness
- anyone who has cared for someone with a terminal illness until they died
- anyone suffering from any of the above and considering suicide as an option
- anyone suffering from any of the above and unable to face suicide as an option.
To meet the needs of all those people, the BBC offered only one helpline. It related to the single rare condition that Ann Turner suffered from: Progressive Supranuclear Palsy.
Were the BBC frightened that they might be seen to support the case of suicide? Were they paralysed into, again, doing nothing to help people in need? Has the BBC lost its balls?
If you are affected by any of the above, this organisation gives a view on ending life voluntarily, or if you just want to talk to someone about your situation click here.
That's all it needed, BBC.