The flak arising from publicising Peter Horrocks' e-mail to BBC World Service reporters is understandable, but his action is not surprising when you consider this, quoted from an article in The Independent
Quote:BBC World News Ltd, of which Mr Horrocks is a director, is a business registered at Companies House for the purpose of raising money for the BBC. It is a subsidiary of BBC Commercial Holdings Ltd. In its latest annual report, BBC World News Ltd directors said they expected to deliver a profit this year.
Let me quote from another Independent article
on the subject:
Quote:"The BBC's plans for its international services have included commercial targets set by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and have been endorsed by the BBC Trust, to maximise the value of our intellectual property and to reinvest in more high-quality, impartial news for audiences. The BBC's international news services such as BBC World News and BBC.com already have a long tradition of generating commercial income to reinvest in independent public service journalism, and these objectives simply aimed to reflect that."
I had always assumed that the FCO's goal was to sell the United Kingdom and its values, not to treat the World Service as part of its investment portfolio.