Sunday, April 7, 2013

Whatever happened to the "Accredited Media"?

Below are two videos from the  TV archive.

The first is about 4 minutes long and was broadcast by Channel TV around 1993.
It was probably the last project undertaken by Guernsey resident journalist Sarah Montague before she moved on to the UK where she became an established presenter of "Newsnight" alongside Paxo on BBC 2  TV and "Today" for BBC Radio 4.
The subject is the lack of Human Rights' safeguards in the Channel Islands.

The second is about 27 minutes of serious documentary broadcasting from BBC South West with journalist Sally Mountjoy. She makes a determined attempt to expose the disregard for "Womens' Rights" in the Channel Islands in 1991.

Most extraordinary of course is that nothing has really changed so far as "rights" are concerned in the Islands. Both of these items are still valid and could be broadcast today. Human Rights are still ignored across the Channel Islands. Treaties remain unsigned and specific groups such as "women" (half the population) are discriminated against on a daily and institutional basis...

But, just what have over 100 elected States Members been doing in these Islands since these documentaries were broadcast twenty years ago? Where are the reforms that should have been achieved?
What too has happened to the media over these two decades because neither the BBC in Jersey, Guernsey or the South West nor CTV would undertake such investigative journalism today.
No time or resources are available now but even more worrying is that there is no obvious enthusiasm among local journalists to undertake such challenging tasks.
Why should this be?

Channel TV Special Report about 1993 (above). This was broadcast originally at 6.00pm as part of the news at that time when CTY regularly researched serious social issues and promoted discussions. What has happened to the archive of such material held by CTV and is there the technical capacity to store it safely and access it now and in the future...?

The BBC South West documantary (above) is about 27 minutes long and was originally broadcast in 1991.
When has BBC Jersey or Guernsey attempted anything similar in recent years?
We acknowledge with thanks the efforts of those who produced such programmes in the past and that we are enabled to post them here today.


  1. Cracking videos, so relevant still today. Looks like you should have a rest, it isn't going to happen in the next 30 years. Just like the reform referendum, all a lot of hot air.


  2. What ... has happened to the media over these two decades

    You should take a look at this - perhaps the most important part is about 11 paragraphs down.

    Nick Baines may be a Church of England bishop, but his argument strikes me as persuasive.

    It is worth adding that if you look very carefully, you will find that most of the radio "journalists" working on BBC Jersey are actually dual-hatted - their second jobs are with PR companies.

  3. For those of us who hadn't heard of Jersey in 1993, who is the patrician guy in the suit in the 4-minute video?

    1. The guy in the suit is Robin Rumboll . An Accountant born in Argentina and moved to Jersey. States member 1981 - 1996. Was Senior Partner with Coopers & Lybrand (PWC) with fingers in many financial/banking pies. His wife Cynthia was also a States Member.
      Multi directorships and now described as an "independent financial advisor".
      Presumably still Chairman of Channel 103 the Jersey commercial radio station which he has been since 1992.

  4. Mike, you haven't aged a day since that video!

  5. I really enjoy seeing these- I was in my mid 20's so this brings it all back.
    Thank you for posting these. Got any more?