The past has given an unchallengeable demonstration of the seizure of the BBC by Romanism.
By their fruits we have come to know them. Now in order to try to meet the seriousness of the charge Sir John Birt, a R.C. himself, has sought to refute the charge by accusing the BBC of being Anti-Rome, not Pro-Rome.
In a recent statement the former director-general of the British Broadcasting Corporation has spoken of a lingering anti-Catholic bias among the corporation’s governors after be claimed they blackballed the appointment of a Catholic bishop to head a religious committee.
Sir John Birt said that in 1997 the governors were asked to consider a new chair for the Central Religious Advisory Committee (CRAC), which advises broadcaster on religious maters. Historically the chairmanship had always been held by an Anglican bishop, but broadcaster wanted a change and proposed a member of the Catholic hierarchy. The appointment was reportedly blackballed by a BBC governor. The incident is recalled in Sir John’s new autobiography, The Harder Path.
He wrote: "Looking nervously at me - for I was seen as a Catholic, even if I no longer practised – the Governor uttered the immortal words: ‘I’ve got nothing against Catholics – but we have an established Church in this country and this is not a position we should give up.’"
Other governors, to his "surprise" also blackballed the appointment.
Birt says the whole episode reminded him of the worst "prejudices and attitudes of my Catholic childhood". The blackballing left the CRAC in disarray until a "very British compromise" was fashioned. The Anglicans held on to the lead slot and a Catholic vice-chair was appointed, who in turn would succeed to the chairmanship. "One more piece of discrimination against Catholics was ended," he wrote.
Sir John chose not to name the key protagonists. A BBC spokesman said he could not reveal the name of the governor concerned. Extract Catholic Herald 22/11/02.
Sir John Birt refused to name any of the parties concerned. He was evidently engaged in a clever piece of Jesuitry, which he could not substantiate. Why shouldn’t the member of the National Church have the position? As for the other churches, they did not even seek to exist to Sir John.
It will take more than this to convince any unprejudiced observer that the BBC is not engaged in a clever scheme to present Britain as a Roman Catholic domain and to slant its reporting accordingly. The BBC should be made to declare the religious make up of all its employees. There we would have a different picture than that concocted by Sir John the right. Who were these people who originally brought forward the proposal? Speak up Sir John and let’s get the matter fully unto the light.