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UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn seeks decent journalism in UK: Commentator

The media reforms proposed by UK Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn are meant to ensure that the country benefits from decent journalism in the future, a political commentator in London says.

Corbyn’s proposals for reforms in the British media, especially in the publicly funded BBC, stemmed from the fact that he and the opposition Labour Party have suffered from biased media coverage over the past, Chris Bambery said in an interview with the Press TV on Thursday.

However, the expert suggested that the proposed reforms were more than an act of revenge for Corbyn and Labour and were meant to ensure that journalism standards were respected in the country.

“It is not act of retribution or retaliation but it is about trying to ensure there is decent journalism in this country,” he said.

Bambery called Corbyn’s proposals for reforms as “far-reaching”, saying Labour leader was trying to both improve the financing system of the British media while giving the journalists and viewers the power to control the organizations.

“He (Corbyn) also likes to tax tech giants like Facebook, which are American-owned, to boost the income for the BBC and other public broadcasters,” said the commentator.

The reforms, if carried out, “would give the media workers and consumers more of a say over what is broadcast,” Bambery noted.

He said the public would welcome Corbyn’s proposals for reforms in the media if the party manages to get elected into office.

“If Labour could be elected to government, then people would welcome them (reforms) in helping to ensure that we get informative and balanced news which is not biased in the way so much the media in Britain is,” said Bambery.

Corbyn said in a speech at the Edinburgh TV festival on Thursday that he wanted sweeping changes in the way British media is run, saying government control of media outlets like the BBC should end by imposing taxes on US technology giants.

The Labour leader said that “few tech giants and unaccountable billionaires control huge swathes of our public space and debate,” and said he believes there should be radical reforms of the BBC and media industry.


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