BBC music and knife crime facts

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Dear British Broadcasting Corporation,

BBC ‘drill’ music and knife crime facts

Dear BBC

I am concerned about the BBC lack of awareness in what appears to be negligence by the controller of BBC Radio (1Xtra). The BBC has reported it had some success in targeting a key youth market (rising audience). Other Radio audiences are falling...

Success for the BBC comes at a heavy cost to the Mayor of London who was critiqued for not doing enough to combat street crime by the same youths in the same age group (15 to 24) targetted by the BBC (details below).

According to Jackie Serbie; the Police Chief spokesman for violent crime, said that 69,000 child woundings — a stabbing or other violent incident resulting in a severe injury between 10 and 15 of age. An increase of 4,000 on from last year.

From the national crime survey 9,000 children were victims of robbery. Homicide were up 14 per cent, knife possession increased by 21%. Many of these crimes are all related to drugs and urban drug gangs. (according to The Times front page on 2nd November 2018).

The Mayor of London (Sadiq Khan) is concerned and Mike Barton (chief constable of Durham and spokesman on national organsied crime has said that “ This isn’t going away. It feels like a crisis.”

In the same Times Newspaper (dated 2nd november) the BBC is targeting teenagers with a new radio show featuring drill music, despite US and UK concerns that the genre is fueling gang violence.

The BBC has a duty of care to its youths it seeks to influence. In that it has failed its public duty by promoting a target audience that is largely responsible for both drugs and knife crime in London and regions is well documented.

It would be good to hear that a BBC study has shown there is no causational effect and that every effort is being made to employ responsible DJ’s and non violent drill and rap music. But I don't see this as being a BBC priority.

The Times reports: (2nd November 2018). Areas of concern include:

1) RADIO 1EXTRA has a central focus on drill and RAP music, two styles of music that police have linked to knife attacks.

2) Drugs of Class A tracks played on BBC network late night shows which included reference to being paid to murder in lyrics.

3) The target Radio station market has been identified (by the BBC itself) as being the 15 to 24 age Youth as a 'core market'. So there is no question that the BBC are involved in promoting the airplay of discredited ‘DRILL” music which promoted and glamorizing serious violence, stabbing and murder in great detail combined with joy and excitement experience.... Extreme violence against woman is often talked about. (is also reported).

When the BBC claim a high editorial standard, at what level is this, one may ask?

The BBC is a public funded radio broadcaster with a very wide remit. One of the fundamental corner stones of having a public funded broadcaster is to be independent and unbiased in peace time. At no time should it be promoting violence or class hatred and yet this is what you seem to be doing.

But Is suspect the Mayor of London may be more concerned than the BBC appears to be at this moment. Your considered response will be forwarded to the Mayor of London.

Yours faithfully,

Philp Searle

FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

Dear Philp,

Thank you for your request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, as detailed in your email below. Your request was received on 8th November 2018. We will deal with your request as promptly as possible, and at the latest within 20 working days. If you have any queries about your request, please contact us at the address below.

The reference number for your request is RFI20182075.

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Information Rights

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Dear Philp,

Please find attached the response to your request for information, reference RFI20182075.

Kind regards

Information Rights

BBC Freedom of Information
BC2 A4, Broadcast Centre
201 Wood Lane
London W12 7TP

www.bbc.co.uk/foi
Email: [BBC request email]

Tel: 020 8008 2882

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Philp Searle left an annotation ()

I'll take that as a No then. Not that the BBC would volunteer that they would appear to have any internal revue of public policy - if legally challenged by another more responible corporate body - such as possibly the Met Police, the (BBC) should be liable if and when linked to a crime which encorages violence (it clearly does). The BBC Charter is used to cover many situations of historic BBC Charter abuses. This FOI cannot bring the BBC to account (responsibility) but In this case youth crime and violence are actively encouraged by the BBC radio program now claiming they are all 'journalists' (which as any listener to BBC radio can appreciate) is highly wide of the standards that once were expected.

Philp Searle left an annotation ()

The lack of meaningful response by the BBC has since been sent to The Mayor of London who may take legal action if the BBC persists in encouraging knife crime and violence. But as ever the BBC Charter encourages a multitude of historic and current abuses, even when it is obvious that it is against the public interest and safety to encourage crimininal activity such as this. We shall see how credible the BBC are when faced with public funding cuts.

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