John Ware

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"John Ware’s own personal and political views make him unsuitable to present this programme."[1]

John Ware is a British journalist, author, and investigative reporter. He was a reporter on the BBC public affairs documentary programme Panorama from 1986 to 2012. He joined Panorama as a reporter after working at the Worcester Evening News and Droitwich Guardian.

John Ware has also written for the The Sunday Telegraph, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, the Jewish Chronicle and Standpoint magazine.[2][3][4][5]

Early career

Earlier, he was at The Sun in Belfast from 1974 to 1977 and then a researcher on Granada's World in Action, becoming a producer in 1981. He also presented BBC's Rough Justice, Taking Liberties and Inside Story. Several of the cases profiled in the show were referred back to the Court of Appeal and several resulted in overturned convictions. Ware has covered Northern Ireland since 1974.

At the BBC

According to the BBC, some of John Ware's accomplishments while employed by the broadcaster include:

  • 1984, filming two Scotland Yard Flying Squad officers in the act of setting up an armed robbery. His evidence led to their trial at the Old Bailey.
  • 1989, uncovering evidence that led the District Auditor and then the High Court to accuse Dame Shirley Porter of "gerrymandering", by attempting to rig the Westminster City Council's elections.
  • 1990, discovering an attempt by paratroopers in Belfast to cover up the unlawful shooting of joyriders.[6] The conviction for murder of the paratrooper, Lee Clegg, for this incident was ultimately quashed on appeal.[7]
  • 1996, reporting on human rights abuses in Saudi Arabia and how the Sharia courts condemned an innocent young man to public beheading.
  • 1997, discovering papers belonging to the Deputy Prime Minister showing that, despite elections promises to the contrary, the new Labour government planned to privatise the London Underground within two months of taking office.
  • 1998, unearthing evidence showing that Deborah Parry, one of the two "Saudi Nurses", was innocent of murdering Yvonne Gilford in 1996.
  • 1998, securing evidence of secret price fixing deals between car dealers and three leading motor manufacturers, including Volvo, which led to the Director General of Fair Trading John Bridgeman to accuse the Swedish car giant of "disgraceful" conduct, while pointing out that under the government's proposed new competition laws, the company could have been fined £70m.
  • 2000, reporting that, in contravention of New Labour's strict contest rules, the party's General Secretary (in 2000) and his senior officials were responsible for leaking a confidential list of London party members to Downing Street's London Mayoral candidate Frank Dobson, giving him an unfair advantage over rival candidate Ken Livingstone.

He has taken a particular interest in investigating Islamic extremism.

  • 2005, A Panorama edition Ware produced criticising the Muslim Council of Britain, A Question of Leadership, was described by them as "deeply unfair" and "a witch hunt".[8]
  • 2006, Responding to complaints about another Panorama edition, Faith, Hate and Charity produced by Ware, the Charity Commission in 2009[9] dismissed its allegations that British based Palestinian relief charity Interpal was funding organisations involved in terrorism.[10] The Muslim Council of Britain described Ware as "an agenda-driven pro-Israel polemicist".[11] The programme resulted in the BBC paying undisclosed libel damages and giving a public apology to the General Manager of Islamic Relief UK, who was prominently shown while not being a subject of the programme.[12]
  • 2010, Another Panorama edition by Ware, British schools, Islamic Rules on some Islamic teaching in Britain, was criticised by the Muslim Council of Britain as a partial and unbalanced portrayal.[13]

In 2012, Ware took voluntary redundancy from the BBC, but has continued with some freelance work.[14] Since leaving the BBC, he has published articles about its top management.[11][15] In 2015, Ware was commended for being "sympathetic to Jewish concerns", receiving a Commitment to Media Award from the Women's International Zionist Organization. Stephen Pollard, editor of the Jewish Chronicle, said "I tell our trainees at the JC, that if there is one person they should model themselves on, it is John Ware.".[16]

Labour documentaries

He has produced at least two documentaries on the Labour Party in recent years.

  • 2015, A Panorama edition by Ware on the campaign of Jeremy Corbyn to be elected as Labour Party leader, Labour's Earthquake, attracted hundreds of complaints, including from Corbyn's campaign team, and was described by a member of Corbyn's campaign team as "containing factual inaccuracies" and "a complete hatchet job".[17]
  • 2019, An extended Panorama edition, entitled Is Labour Anti-Semitic, was described by Labour as containing "deliberate and malicious representations designed to mislead" and the party alleged that "Panorama has pre-determined the outcome of its investigation and is relying on unsubstantiated allegations and misrepresentation to come to its conclusions." and that "No proper attempt has been made by Panorama to understand Labour’s current processes and procedures".[18]


References

  1. "The Labour Party’s responses to the Panorama programme and its fallout have been good"
  2. "John Ware" Reporters BBC Panorama
  3. "John Ware, The Guardian"
  4. "Jewish Chronicle: John Ware"
  5. "Articles By John Ware"
  6. John Ware (16 June 1995). "The Politics of Parole". The Spectator. Retrieved 7 June 2014.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "plain text").
  7. Sean Rayment (23 October 2005). "15 years after killing joyrider, Lee Clegg is put back in the line". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 7 June 2014.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "plain text").
  8. James Silver (21 August 2006). "'It's the last chance for Panorama'". The Guardian. Retrieved 21 July 2015.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "plain text").
  9. Inquiry Report - Palestinian Relief and Development Fund (Interpal) (PDF) (Report). Charity Commission. 26 February 2009. Retrieved 5 August 2010.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "plain text").
  10. Paul Jump (27 February 2009). "Interpal did not fund terrorist groups". Third Sector Online. Archived from the original on 18 July 2011. Retrieved 5 August 2010. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "plain text").
  11. a b John Ware (10 November 2012). "A personal tragedy and a hammer blow for an honest institution". The Guardian. Retrieved 17 April 2014.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "plain text").
  12. "BBC's Panorama in libel payout to Islamic charity boss". Press Gazette. 24 May 2007. Retrieved 9 July 2019.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "plain text").
  13. "MCB Statement on Panorama Story – "British Schools, Islamic Rules"". Muslim Council of Scotland. 23 Nov 2010. Retrieved 9 July 2019.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "plain text").
  14. Maggie Brown (5 March 2012). "John Ware and Vivian White to leave Panorama". The Guardian. Retrieved 17 April 2014.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "plain text").
  15. John Ware (22 September 2013). "The 'guardians. who damaged the BBC". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 17 April 2014.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "plain text").
  16. Rashty, Sandy (7 July 2015). "Leading journalist John Ware wins Wizo media award". The Jewish Chronicle. Retrieved 9 July 2019. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |work= (help)Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "plain text").
  17. Dathan, Matt (11 September 2015). "Jeremy Corbyn's team send a complaint to the BBC over its 'hatchet job' Panorama programme". The Independent. Retrieved 9 July 2019. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |work= (help)Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "plain text").
  18. Rodgers, Sienna (10 July 2019). "'Is Labour antisemitic?': BBC Panorama on political interference and leaked emails". Labour List. Retrieved 10 July 2019.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "plain text").
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