Sunday, August 18, 2013

JERSEY 'MAINSTREAM' MEDIA PLEASE WAKE UP - JERSEY NEEDS YOU RIGHT NOW







"THE JERSEY MEDIA"



"WHEN WILL THEY START REPRESENTING THE PEOPLE OF JERSEY?"



"JERSEY IS A UNIQUE SITUATION"



"DO WE WANT TO BE WORLD LEADERS WITHOUT THE SCRUTINY?"



It's quite simple for a small elite to govern how the local Jersey MSM Report. All you need to do is put pressure on the editors and the job is done. We could be talking about Six editors at most. Two at the Jersey Evening Post - Two  at BBC Radio Jersey and Two at ITV Jersey (CTV). 


When will the shackles be released from the hacks at the Jersey Evening Post (JEP). They are governed be their editors. You simply don't write a piece twice - you write it once. They know what is required and simply produce it. Jersey is changing. The arrival of the Internet has changed the landscape. The hacks at the JEP know that information and leaked reports are by-passing them on a daily basis. I have often stated - can you name me any big stories that the JEP have broken that has held the government to account and ministers to account? The answer, I believe, is NO.Why is this? With the upcoming retirements of the JEP's Editor and Deputy Editor they have an opportunity to start telling the Jersey people the truth about all sorts of issues from the economy, cover-ups and ridiculous ministerial decisions. It will take time. They can't just change over night. They rely on their advertising - they don't want to upset conservative Jersey. But most of all, let us not forget, they are the only newspaper in Jersey. Yes, to any outside readers, in Jersey we have only one newspaper. The government of Jersey pay the JEP around £270,000 a year for advertising so do they bite the hand that feeds them? 


Then we have BBC Radio Jersey.  This is a funny one. In my opinion they haven't been as bad as the JEP with regards to non-reporting but then again they just plod along like everything is ok and all is just great in the garden of Jersey. It is funded by taxpayers money. They need to have a serious look at what they are doing and move into the 21st century. They have done away with the phone - in, they seem to be struggling with the politics hour that goes out live every Sunday at 10am- they seem to lack drive and direction and seem to lack the will to unleash some real investigative journalism. This simply could be  down to the quality of their reporters. Why their political correspondent Chris Rayner, isn't doing the politics hour is a strange one. I have no idea what their listening figures are but my guess is it's just the elderly who tune in after 9am. I have no doubt that their figures will take an upsurge with the advent of bad weather and an island wide problem.  Matthew Price seems to be the anchor for any form of debate that might take place. He seems to be the only one who has an idea on the many  political issues facing Jersey. This simply isn't good enough.  


We cannot forget the shambolic reporting of BBC Jersey regarding the Jersey Child Abuse Investigation. They closed ranks with the JEP and CTV. This was done under the leadership of Denzil Dudley and Hamish Marett Crosby. Times have changed. They must decide what they need to do to move forward and not become a laughing stock. They send reporters all around the world to cover sport but what about what's happening in our own backyard. Jersey requires some investigative journalism. What responsibility do our MSM have in Jersey? To tell us all is ok and the Battle of Flowers is only a year away? It has all been to cosy for far to long and it must change.  We need them to take a pro-active step in investigating and not just reporting press releases that land on their desks.


We need to work in tandem. There should not be a them and us (bloggers) situation as this is a negative situation.  The information is flowing and the MSM is dragging its heels.  They have some big decisions to make. They have got to recognise their failings since 1948. This isn't about political leanings - its about the future of Jersey. The bloggers have led the way. I'm not interested in trolls. The situation is far more serious than that. 


The Jersey MSM must make a decision and make it quick


Remain a laughing stock or start taking a pro-active stance as to the issues facing Jersey.


What is the real truth about the struggling Jersey economy? How is that business are closing yet there remains no real in depth reporting on these most serious of issues. We have politicians jumping on stupid bandwagons like should we allow smoking on a beach and so on. We have had the ridiculous mutterings of Deputy Sean power about the brave 28 who voted against a diabolical referendum and it's result. Any Journalist with his salt could have ripped Deputy Power apart yet he is left to  utter rubbish without serious challenge. If our Media and it's journalists were allowed off the leash I'm sure we would see a better standard of politician. They would be made to think before opening their mouths.


We had this garbage appear in our only newspaper  ( The JEP) LAST week concerning the behind the scenes move to remove the Enviroment Minister, Rob Duhamel. This piece was written by  Toby Chaing. It is nothing but speculative garbage:


"SIXTEEN STATES MEMBERS SIGN PLANNING DISSATISFACTION LETTER"

Toby Chaing of the JEP Reports

 " Just four more states members signatures are needed before the Chief Minister will, it is understood, act on a letter expressing dissatisfaction with Environmental Minister Rob Duhamel. Sixteen politicians have so far signed a petition to register their discontent with the planning department and its leader after 3 states members teamed up to launch the attack.

The letter, which came as the latest in a series of moves against the minister, was written by Deputies, James Baker and Steve Luce and St Peter Constable John Refault. It has been circulated among some members of the chamber, with 16 reportedly agreeing to sign their names."

So how does 16 reportedly agreeing turn into the headline 


"SIXTEEN STATES MEMBERS SIGN PLANNING DISSATISFACTION LETTER" 


In my opinion that is just pure laziness and shows that they are struggling to find a credible story in an Island full of credible stories. Or, is there something more sinister behind this?



On the 13th August I emailed both Matthew Price and Managing Editorr Jon Gripton of  BBC Radio Jersey and reproduce it below.

Sent: 13 August 2013 11:44
To: Jon Gripton; Matthew Price - Jersey
Subject: New Blog Posting

Hi Jon & Matthew

Sounds like a biblical beginning. 

I'm writing a piece about the Jersey MSM. I have copied a draft below. I will be swapping and changing it as time goes on but most of all I would like you to have your say. I'm interested in one thing only and that is the future of Jersey - and the role BBC Jersey will play in it. As we have seen over the last 5 years we are reaching a crossroads. I will offer you a fair and balanced piece and also keep the comments section in check. What is the role of BBC Jersey? The criticism of BBC Jersey will not stop and with some  justification I might add. We must all face criticism at times but it is how we react to it that really counts.  


 I believe it's important that you have your say if you so wish. 


This is my intro that is open to change.


Kind Regards 




I must thank Matthew Price for his prompt replies. Unfortunately it is Managing Editor Jon Gripton who makes the decisions that I have enquired about. If I do receive a reply on the future of the station I will let my readers know.


These are very testing times for Jersey. What is the real truth? Jersey Media please wake up Jersey needs you. Jersey needs you now. Im not in competition with you. I just do what you refuse to do. 

Jersey needs you now.


Rico Sorda


Part Time Investigative Journalist

42 comments:

mopinwil said...

Real truth eh?

Hmmmm! IRA! Spooks!

http://aangirfan.blogspot.com/2011/12/ira-run-by-spooks.html

Now I wonder who would have been the candidate chosen and feted in the end to run things in Jersey as if we don't know! :)

It all fits like a 'bloody' glove now. We also know why thelikes of the Stella induce fella is alound to run amock eh?

Anyone around to protect my back? Oh well I am past it anyway so no worries. Nothing to lose

rico sorda said...

The Jersey MSM has to face up to some very serious questions about it's role in the Jersey Child Abuse cover-up. There is no escaping this fact. It was an horrific betrayal of the vulnerable. Let us hope that the forthcoming Committee of Enquiry will look at this as their actions were just as bad as the abusers.

We must also look to the future. Jersey, in my opinion, is slowly dying. We must not be blinkered and keep saying that the good old days will return because they always do - this is ridiculous. We have no given right to be prosperous and rolling in it. The Island has had an incredible run of good fortune. This is coming to an end. The Media must start asking some forward thing questions to some very backward thinking politicians before it's all to late.

voiceforchildren said...

Rico.

It has been said many times; the State Media has made its bed and has to lie in it. One needs to ask the question, could the Child Abuse cover-up have been possible without the complicity of the State Media? Why won't Jon Gripton publish the interim defence case of the former police chief, Graham Power QPM, after publishing the prosecution case against him?

At least under the leadership of Denzil Dudley, BBC State Radio allowed the public a voice with the phone-in or Talkback programmes, Jon Gripton has silenced just about any political dissent and has protected the rich and powerful while treading on the weak, voiceless and vulnerable.

Jersey would never have got into the mess that it's in now if the State Media questioned anything and are probably the most culpable organisation for all the cover-ups on this Island. The Island's State Media are not trusted (as you have correctly said in the main posting) and although, in the past, a number of us Bloggers have tried to work with them, I believe it would now be a big mistake to be affiliated with them in any manner.

Jersey Bloggers are trusted, the State Media aren't. The State Media will have everything to gain by being affiliated with Bloggers, whereas the Bloggers will have everything to lose.

I agree with your Posting in asking the State Media to start holding the establishment to account like real journalists do but the problem is the State Media is part of the establishment which has helped, over the decades, to make this island a very, very, sick place that protects paedophiles and persecutes victims............In my opinion.

Anonymous said...

Has anyone from the local MSM ever questioned the comment ..", but it is the unjustified and remorseless denigration of Jersey and her people that is the real scandal"

The Beano is not the Rag

voiceforchildren said...

Rico.

One only needs to look HERE to get an idea of how the BBC operates and how many leaks Bloggers have received/published and what the BBC has kept buried.

voiceforchildren said...

Rico.

Not forgetting the "Savile Culture" within the BBC and the promotion of internet HATE-SITES

Ian Evans said...

We will never need the State Media criminals as all through history they have only ever harmed the people.

Why is there still no mention of the Bill for NATIONAL SERVICE being reintroduced? They don't want anyone finding out until as late as is possible.

Calling for the State Media to help is akin to asking ***** to represent child abuse victims, POINTLESS!!

rico sorda said...

Hi Ian,

I just realised that you had mentioned a certain individual in your comment so I have removed him.

rs

rico sorda said...

I believe the Media in Jersey really does need to draw a line in the sand. We must remember we are light years away from the UK media no matter what people might think about their ethics. We are so lagging in any form of constructive reporting that change must come. Who is Jerseys leading investigative journalist for the mainstream media?

rs

Ex-Senator Stuart Syvret said...

Rico, you ask, "Who is Jerseys leading investigative journalist for the mainstream media?"

There isn't one.

You, individually, have published more factual, evidence-based and documented investigative journalism than all of Jersey's traditional hacks in the post-war years - combined.

And so has VFC.

And so have I.

I'm afraid if you're waiting for some of the local trad journos to exhibit ethics & courage, you're going to have a long - long - wait.

Stuart

Anonymous said...

Who is Jerseys leading investigative journalist for the mainstream media?

OSCAR PUFFIN!!!

Anonymous said...

"Who is Jerseys leading investigative journalist for the mainstream media?" Harriet Bradshaw

Ex-Senator Stuart Syvret said...

'"Who is Jerseys leading investigative journalist for the mainstream media?" Harriet Bradshaw.'

Really.

Well, here's a profoundly serious story for her to investigate:

The conduct of the BBC in Jersey - the concealment of child-abuse - including abuse by Jimmy Savile - and why the BBC in Jersey has concealed the interim statement by Jersey's then Police Chief Graham Power?

And there are many, many, other deeply serious - evidenced - stories too.

Should Ms Bradshaw actually be a serious journalist, I look forward to an e-mail from her. I've no doubt I can supply her with various examples of evidence.

I confess I'm not holding my breath.

Stuart

Póló said...

@ Rico @ 9.18 above

Are you implying you edited a comment of Ian's?

How do you do that on blogger? I can't.

rico sorda said...

Hi Póló,

Ian submitted a comment that mentioned the name of the infamous Jersey troll. I posted the comment redacted. I'm sick and tired of the internet time we allow this person plus his name makes my blood boil so I don't want it on my blog unless its directly to do with the not so secret court case.

I had a comment that said that I only deal in hunches and no hard evidence - I just delete those, The game has moved on. That garbage is old hat now and gets the delete button.

rs

rico sorda said...

I believe that Harriet Bradshaw is learning her trade. Her name might have been mentioned in jest. Harriet will look to Mr Gripton and senior colleagues for guidance. I don't want to bash BBC Jersey - I want them to up their game considerably.

If their future is more of the same then fine. Jersey is my main concern. It is dying. Take a serious hard look at what is going on here. Who is asking the questions?

rs

Anonymous said...

For BBC management and reporters in Jersey to behave in opposition to investigative journalism principals, to the extent of bullying Leah McGrath Goodman instead of supporting her plight as fellow journalists, has been risky for their reputations indeed. Something more powerful than their professional achievement and journalistic integrity has swayed them against fulfilling the roles they trained to do. What is that? Do they not believe their anti-journalism will be exposed? Do they still think they won't be blamed for their complicity?

Elle

Póló said...

Thanks Rico. My question was actually a technical one on how you managed to edit someone else's blog comment, but I see now what you've done.

You simply reposted an edited version yourself using their name, and in that case, there is no avatar.

Thanks, it's useful to know that, though I haven't as yet had occasion to edit a comment on my blogs.

Keep up the good work.

Anonymous said...

Elle said "Something more powerful than their professional achievement and journalistic integrity has swayed them against fulfilling the roles they trained to do"

It's the old guard jersey mafia that's what. The jersey bloggers have done an amazing job in publishing good hard evidence of outright corruption. They must take enormous pride in their work. Sometimes it takes a while for the work you have done to find it's right place. The jersey mafia never saw you coming.

Anonymous said...

"Who is Jerseys leading investigative journalist for the mainstream media?"

Now that is a very good question.I can't think of one.How tragic is that. Gary Burgess from CTV could be worth a shout if he was given the chance. This is very serious. Jersey has not one investigative reporter/journalist. North Korea springs to mind.

rico sorda said...

Hi anon,

I'm not sure Gary Burgess has the scope at ITV Jersey to do any real investigative work as his piece to camera is always about 1min 30 seconds at most. I do like his work though when he is given a chance.

The fact that we don't have one single investigative journalist working in the Jersey Media is frightening to say the least. This is ridiculous state of affairs and one that needs to be addressed in the not so distant future.

We can bash our local media every single day if we like but I'm looking for change - if change is possible. I get tired of bashing them - all justified- but there comes a time when we must think of the future. Us bloggers must also look at the road ahead not just the shambolic past.

rs

Anonymous said...

The most significant aspect of the dearth of mainstream investigative journalism is that you and a few other extraordinary Jersey individuals have stepped up to more than fill that role. You have earned every bit of the respect traditionally afforded paid investigative journalists and far more than any in Jersey.

You are not subsidized in any way. You have no editorial or support staff, no pricy technological advantages, but in the opinions of a growing number of readers, you have not only surpassed all the paid hacks, you've more than made up for Jersey's msm deficits.

For an island of roughly 100,000 population, you indies have managed to publish stunning evidence, perform the vital Fourth Estate role of speaking truth to power, consistently providing a vital choice for those who are willing to become part of Jersey's "reality based" community.

Of increasing importance is the role you independent journalists play on the international front. Outsiders who access high quality Jersey blogs will understand the truth quite readily, and will be all-the-more perplexed by the overt and unsophisticated propaganda in the Jersey paid media. That is, if outsiders even bother to access the Jersey msm at all, even local BBC reports, which are notoriously ineffectual for investigative research purposes.

You have offered a clear choice to the vacuous Mr Gripton and the rest of those paid media individuals who have sold their journalistic souls in an all-too-apparent abdication of principles. They have a very public invitation here to present their side to your growing local and international readership. They have continued to ignore similar invitations in the past, especially and pointedly dismissing sincere journalistic questions from VFC.

But they can't accept. They would have to debate evidence with you. They can't afford that. Among the many topics they can't touch, they would have to address why they continue to ignore Graham Power's evidenced statement and the glaring professional irregularities of the police administration which succeeded his, and the disappearance of vital unexplained forensic evidence.

By ignoring your invitation, they obviously hope their "credentials" will hide the fact they are often no better than trolls who repeat lies, reverting to insults instead of acceptable, reasoned arguments.

Elle




Anonymous said...

The bloggers in jersey are the fourth estate on the island and the only investigative journalists who have proven time after time they are the only trusted news source. You are dreaming if you think the MSM are going to change their spots and it would now be too little too late. The time for the MSM to step up was when the abuse victims were reporting their abuse in the first place. Then they should have stepped up and reported what you bloggers have been reporting since the child abuse investigation was made public. The MSM has been and will continue to be complicit in the cover up and distortion of the truth.

Anonymous said...

I agree with it being too little too late for Jersey's state media. They could have earned more respect just copying your blog!

Anonymous said...

can you name me any big stories that the JEP have broken that has held the government to account and ministers to account? The answer, I believe, is NO.

There is one story the JEP laid claim, I believe it was the story on the golden hand shake pay off.

rico sorda said...

Ex Senator Perchard broke the story of Chief Executive Ogley & Pollards obscene pay off. He mentioned it at a scrutiny hearing and the JEP ran with it. Then Ogley & Pollard left with their obscene pay off. There were some news pieces in the paper. I remember Stuart Syvret telling people that senior incompetent civil servants were protected and had bulletproof pensions long before Perchard mentioned it - no one listened - Ogley & Pollard left with their obscene pay off.

Jersey lol

rs

Anonymous said...

"Who is Jerseys leading investigative journalist for the mainstream media?"

SOPHIA BIRD!!!

Anonymous said...

Rico,

The next step forward is not for local bloggers and the isand's mainstream media to join forces and embrace.

It's for local bloggers to come together under one name as an alternative news source.

Anonymous said...

Rico

Why don't you try and get a job with one of these Media places?

Anonymous said...

In Jersey, the only paid journalist job worth having is managing editor or whatever position is high enough to call all the shots. The highest level job seems to be barring the door to all politically sensitive investigative journalism. What possible good would it do for them to hire a really talented, evidenced journalist like Rico if his work would be banned or censored into irrelevance? Of course, we can wish Rico was paid to conduct his solid investigative reporting full time, especially if he somehow retained the power to chose what was published, but there is nothing less noble about publishing these reports online, or in not receiving financial compensation for them. His independence supports his integrity and vice versa.

Elle

rico sorda said...

Hi Elle

You have hit the nail on the head. Because I didn't have to answer to anyone I was able to go about my work in my own time.

We bloggers fight the same fight but we do it in our own way. I constantly ask myself where am I going with this - what is my next step - what are my goals.

In my spare time I would be constantly at my keyboard but now I spend more time reflecting and planning. My number 1 subject will always be the child abuse cover up and the committee of enquiry but the state of the jersey economy has also got my attention an the utter spin coming from government.

I have also found myself taking a long hard look at the state of the jersey mainstream media. There will come a time when I will say so be it. There will be a time when I will say you are rubbish and always will be rubbish and that there is simply nothing that can be done to change this situation. They have been horrendous in the past.

If I truly believe the situation concerning the MSM in jersey is a lost cause then I should just leave them be but I don't.

More on this later

rs

Anonymous said...

Rico

I have just read the Dun vs JEP post on Voice For Jersey. The Clause 1 of the Editors Code of Practice concerning accuracy came as a surprise.

"Clause 1 (Accuracy) states that 'the press must take care not to publish inaccurate, misleading or distorted information' and 'the press, whilst free to be partisan, must distinguish clearly between comment, conjecture and fact'.

Since when have JEP editors, or even the Jersey BBC management, bothered themselves with this clause before reporting? I can think of numerous violations offhand, particularly concerning the child abuse investigation and the blatant disinformation knowingly reported about Harper and Power.

In addition, the entire Jersey mainstream media knowingly withheld accurate information to the extent the coverage remained (then and now) extremely misleading. All of us who are familiar with the relevant documented evidence know this. None of their inaccurate reports, including the outrageously misleading and easily discredited "Award Winning" Channel Report, have been corrected, much less discussed in the local MSM.

Good luck with your suggestion that the MSM redeem itself. They should take it very seriously., for how can they entertain the delusion that they won't be brought to task for what they've done? The writing is on the wall and has been for a few years now. The outside reporting on the Jersey situation will sooner or later focus heavily on the willful failings and dishonour of the Jersey state media.

Of that certain exposure and disgrace, there should be no doubt. The position of the ridiculous Jersey spin machinery is surely untenable.

Elle

Anonymous said...

For all us anonymous out there:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Inv2CTOqdZM

:)

Anonymous said...

I recall about seven years ago that the press gave rise to inacurate information by lazy reporting. It was only a small case, but very important to the defendant being reported on by the paper. A journalist was supposed to be in court to report on the proceedings - the journalist left early. There was no journalist there and gave a false representation of what happened because they relied on someone else giving them the so-called facts. The facts were not adhered to which meant that the person being tried was not represented well in the newspaper and the defendent was maligned as a result.

That was an injustice which was broadcast to all in the 'newspaper' and therefore libelous but the defendant had no right of redress.

It is the little things and the little people that count.

ahimsa

Anonymous said...

Rico you should apply:

Channel 103 FM

We are looking for a Broadcast Journalist to join the busy news team at Jersey's favourite radio station.

If you have a relevant journalism qualification, a good voice, excellent reading and writing skills and a keen interest in current affairs, email your CV to chris.halford@channel103.com before Tuesday.

Anonymous said...

BBC should wake up! Look what they did. Lazy Journalism and allegedly not checking their sources again.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/syria/9293620/BBC-News-uses-Iraq-photo-to-illustrate-Syrian-massacre.html

ahimsa

Anonymous said...

If you want to have real influence then stop shying away from getting a proper job in this area.
Otherwise anybody can call themselves a journalist and set up a free blog like you, there are tens of thousands if not millions out there already.

rico sorda said...


You have hit the nail on the head when you say:

"Otherwise anybody can call themselves a journalist and set up a free blog like you, there are tens of thousands if not millions out there already."

How bloody liberating is that my friend. Power at the fingertip. You are bang on.

rs

rico sorda said...

I must say a big thank you for picking my blog to of the millions out there to leave a comment. It is greatly appreciated. keep reading.

Anonymous said...

The video clip on the latest posting at A View from the West is appropriate to this posting.

Willful blindness

Anonymous said...

Well I have made inquiries and I asked a local journalist whether they can get you into a proper journalistic job Rico and they almost bent over laughing.

I don't think there is anything further to say but it sounds like your dreams have a little way to go!

rico sorda said...

Anon,

If I worked for a media outlet then I would be at the mercy of the editor. On my blog i'm my own boss. I can investigate what I like when I like how liberating is that.

I would never have been able to expose the child abuse cover-up if I was working for the Jersey MSM so i'm quite happy doing what I do.

Your desperation has a little further to go but thank's anyway.

rs