Despite BBC self-flagellation about bias, sometimes the CorporationÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s attempts at lively political coverage are stymied by more practical problems. Radio 4Ã¢â‚¬â„¢s Today programme recently hoped to hold a discussion on the swanky drinks party the Government was throwing for Lord Levy.
The item had to be pulled late in the day. Why? Because BBC editorial guidelines demand Ã¢â‚¬Å“balanceÃ¢â‚¬ and no one in the entire broadcasting world could be found to speak up for the controversial Levy.