davelumb wrote: ↑
As an example of WJ's mentality this is what Mark Avery thinks about Country File.
"We know that Countryfile has form in leaning towards the opinions, however ungrounded in facts, of farmers and shooters and we all have to take that as read."
Farmers and anglers are portrayed in a similar way on mainstream media; mostly as buffoons. Most farming or large animal vet programmes are accompanied by stupid pizzicato music suggesting a comedic subject. The last successful angling programme was a couple of clowns (Whitehouse and Mortimer, both very good clowns) doing something that most of the general public sees as stupid (fishing). But at least it put fishing back on the BBC.
If Countryfile supports farmers, then good for them.
However, Countryfile is definitely not the angler's friend. I am referring to the programme that came from Calverton fish farm. It was a blatant demonstration of misinformation. It showed some young barbel being put into a growing-on pond with a current flowing through it to get them used to flowing water. Matt Baker explained that the barbel have to get used to predators "such as heron and kingfisher". The barbel were already twice as big as kingfisher, and the pond was deep with sheer sides, so not accessible to heron. No mention was made throughout the whole programme of the orange string that criss-crossed every pond on site, or what it was there to prevent, (cormorants).
Another Countryfile programme tackled the subject of otters killing carp at fisheries, and how it is possible to trap and remove them. There was a lot of footage of cormorants swallowing fish in this piece about otters (?); but the word "cormorant" was never used.
In another prime time BBC Sunday night programme, Countryfile's Ellie Harrison presented a one hour programme called 'England's Rivers'. There was not a cormorant in sight anywhere; just as if they did not exist. Every problem associated with England's rivers was attributed to mink. Especially falling kingfisher numbers.
I read a blog a while ago by Hugh Miles in which he said something like..'I have been filming with Ellie Harrison; I talked a lot about problems caused by otters; I hope the comments make it to the final cut'. They didn't.
As long as the BBC present anglers as buffoons and continue peddling misinformation, we will make no headway. Projects such as the clear water status disaster about to unfold on the Broads will go unchallenged, and angling will continue to decline. And Mark Avery and co. will have the last laugh.
(sorry if I have repeated myself here)