Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Panorama - British schools, Islamic rules

Just wrote a complaint to the BBC about the excessive dramatization and overall poor quality of last Monday's Panorama programme entitled 'British schools, Islamic rules', as follows:
Just wanted to say that whilst the programme contained valid points about how Muslims (and indeed any group of people) should not isolate themselves from the wider community etc, I felt the programme-makers went a bit overkill with the background effects (use of camera angles, choice of music etc) to create greater shock and awe than the programme justified. For example, (and the programme is full of such funny occurrences,) when the "undercover agent" went to a book warehouse (... queue dark eery music...) and the film-makers are surprised to find books there! Did this programme not go through a review/editing process? It seems like we saw an early draft. Or perhaps the desire to sensationalise and draw in a large crowd took precedence over film quality?

1 comment:

adil said...

Response received from BBC Complaints:

Dear Mr Hussain

Reference CAS-431036

Thanks for your e-mail regarding ‘British Schools, Islamic Rules: Panorama’, broadcast on BBC One on 22 November 2010.

I understand that you found the camera work and use of background music during the programme to be poor and inappropriate at times.

The BBC is committed to the highest production standards in programme making. In many instances, the camera angles in this programme were dictated by the use of hidden camera’s by our reporter. The addition of music is partly a subjective matter in which personal taste plays a large part. It is added to programmes for many reasons and can be vital to underpinning moods and feelings, adding dimensions to a programme or conveying emotion. We are sorry that you found the production of this programme to be poor.

Feedback like your own helps to inform the discussion about our programme’s content. The reactions of our audiences are closely studied by programme makers and their senior management to ensure the right judgement is being made about what’s acceptable to the audience in general.

I'd like to assure you that I've registered your complaint on our audience log. This is a daily report of audience feedback that's circulated to many BBC staff, including members of the BBC Executive Board, programme makers, channel controllers and other senior managers.

The audience logs are seen as important documents that can help shape decisions about future programming and content.

Thanks for taking the time to contact us.

Kind Regards

Mark Roberts
BBC Complaints