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It's hard to read the Telegraph UK story "TV code calls for 'bias' warnings" without constantly thinking Orwellian thoughts. Just a few snippets:

Foreign news channels such as Rupert Murdoch's Fox News may be made to carry on-screen "health warnings" under proposed new guidelines published yesterday covering accuracy and impartiality on television...

The rule would only apply to output that was made for an overseas audience rather than broadcasters such as CNN which tailor programmes for a British audience.

Fox News was notorious for taking a gung-ho, unashamedly partisan approach to the Iraq war with presenters talking about "good guys" and "bad guys". Last month, it was censured by Ofcom over complaints about anti-BBC bias...

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Politics · Wed, 07/14/2004 - 19:18 · Importance: 1