Sunday, September 19, 2010
The BBC and the Papal Visit
Here in the US, I have availed of the BBC News website that provided full coverage of the papal visit, making use of the official feed from the Papal Visit website (presumably provided by the Vatican) and their own cameras and commentators.
My overall impression: BRILLIANT JOB.
You can watch the BBC's Highlights of the Papal Visit here. It is beautifully accompanied by Praise to the Holiest.
Of course they presented something of the protests, and also covered the issue of the abuse scandal. But overall they were informed and sought the commentary of competent Catholic laity and clergy.
The presenters also allowed themselves to be caught up by the atmosphere of the occasion. Notably this afternoon, the lady covering the Pope's visit to the seminarians at Oscott was clearly overwhelmed by the love (she hesitated to use the word) that the future priests of the Catholic Church manifested towards the Holy Father. Far from a Church demoralised and weighed down by scandal, or irrelevant, she and other presenters witnessed and reported a Church alive and whose members are a significant section of the population of Britain.
Being abroad I do not get to see other programmes put out by the BBC or other channels. I daresay there will be analysis, some of which will be negative. But as for the actual coverage of the events, they were excellent.
By the way, when people go on about the cost to the taxpayer, Catholics are taxpayers too