I have long been given the impression that B.B.C.'s world radio news service is a quality news operation, better even than N.P.R. I’m wondering why people think so.
Recently, one of my local public radio stations began broadcasting the “B.B.C. Newshour” and “World Briefing” in the mornings and I have been astonished at the number of times I have heard half-assed news reporting in the style of television news – glib blabbering in the line of “I’m on the scene right now and I have absolutely no information, but let me tell you X person just must be thinking Y” – yeah, well how do you know that?
Does anyone else have opinions on this subject?