The Skimmer

Why is the BBC’s coverage of the Pakistan crisis so poor?

Why is the BBC's coverage of the Pakistan crisis so poor?
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Anyone listening to BBC Radio for the latest on Pakistan would have found only Five Live running with it. When I switched on, they had a chap with a South Asian accent – who I assumed would be a Pakistani politician, or expert of some kind. Turned out he was just a random bloke who owns a restaurant in Southall, with no more clue what was happening than anyone else. The internet killed off foreign correspondents for Fleet Street titles when it became clear that their main job – reading the day’s press – can now be done from London. So that explains the lack of in-depth coverage from the UK media so far. But the BBC, with its vast world empire, has no excuse.