I didn't know about this Newsnight report either and didn't know they posted clips on Youtube, so thanks for pointing it out.
My first impression, based on the content, is that the Jersey authorities had no obvious reason to try to suppress knowledge of this TV report as there is nothing particularly embarrassing in it. However, that is after viewing the end result. Perhaps Jersey was nervous before the report was aired because, unlike similar reports produced by local island media outlets, it could not be confident in advance of broadcast that the political aspects would be acceptable. After all, I seem to recall, unless my memory deceives me, that it was Newsnight which broadcast an interview with Senators Walker and Syvret at the start of the child abuse scandal that was a public relations disaster for the island's government. Furthermore, Evan is one of the BBC's most high profile newsmen. I doubt he's got revolutionary tendencies but someone that high up and respected must obviously have far more leeway to ignore official protocol if he chooses to and call a spade a spade when he recognises one.
Therefore given these two factors - Jersey's unhappy past history with Newsnight and Evan's independent reputation - I can see why none of the official propaganda outlets chose to highlight in advance that he had been over here. I don't recall seeing anything on BBC Jersey's social media accounts either, but then again they are so cosy in bed with the Jersey government that they should really be paid by the Jersey taxpayer rather than BBC licence payers - that way we would all know where we stand.
Unfortunately, 4 minutes of broadcast time is never enough to start delving into the hardships that bona fide locals are increasingly suffering trying to access affordable rental accommodation in this island. If such a report did set out with the intention of highlighting local examples of hardship, the political lobbyists would quickly muscle their way in and history shows us that the lobbyists who represent the unqualified residents, i.e. the Jersey Rights Association as it was two decades ago, are/were the most powerful and most able to get airtime. Our current Housing and Work Law is practically the result of JRA policy initiatives two decades ago, which perhaps helps to explain why the number of new arrivals from eastern Europe has rocketed out of control since it was introduced.
So you would probably end up with a TV report mainly highlighting the hardships of eastern Europeans living in lodging houses but failing to sufficiently recognise that there are also many qualified and Jersey-born residents, including youngsters in their early or mid-20's, who are suffering just as badly in the local housing market. One of the main factors for this is because single people's entitlement to the housing component of income support is restricted to bedsits even though the government stopped building bedsits itself years ago and the private sector doesn't build that many either.
That decision (to restrict the housing component entitlement of single people to bedsits only despite a shortage of new bedsits being built) never got the approval of the legislature. It was presumably an in house decision made by a past Social Security Minister. Despite extensive research over several years, I have never managed to trace which Minister took that decision and when it was taken. It simply doesn't exist in the public domain. It is an unstated government policy yet it adversely affects so many single people's attempts to secure suitable and affordable rental accommodation in the private sector. A government decision probably taken by just one person has had the effect of creating an artificial demand for bedsits that would not otherwise exist. Yet you will never hear any States Member asking proper questions in the States about the effects of this secret policy on the current record demand for rooms in hostels, shelters and other communal establishments. People are increasingly having no choice but to live in these institutions for the homeless because they cannot easily access the small amount of affordable bedsits on the market and they cannot afford to take one bedroom properties unless they pal up with others in a similar predicament or start a relationship.
If only we could get someone of Evan's stature to come back and do a further series of reports on the island's housing and social welfare problems. However, that would be of limited interest to a national audience. It is really a subject that local journalists should be addressing on local news. Unfortunately, all the local journalists are under the heavy sway of Jersey's political establishment and this means that certain political topics remain verboten.
The journalists who have set down permanent roots here obviously have one eye on their futures if and when they are no longer employed by the local media outlets. If any of their journalistic endeavors have managed to upset the Establishment then they can forget about ever being invited to join the likes of Kristina Moore, Peter Mac and Murray Norton in the House. They can forget about cushy Quango posts as well. I doubt the various private image and PR consultancies set up by past media personalities would welcome them either.
However, I can see small signs of hope at Channel TV in the past couple of years since it was taken over by the national ITV network. The great thing about their present set up is that some of their front line reporters don't appear to be living permanently in Jersey and are often being transferred to the mainland for short spells working in bigger ITV news regions, which is giving them experience of working in a journalistic environment that is far more professional, plural, open and impartial than Jersey's. Some of them must have ambitions well beyond Jersey and some of them who started as local reporters in the Channel Islands are already appearing on national ITV news. That means they are less likely to be worrying about being blacklisted for other Jersey jobs some time in the distant future if and when they leave ITV. Hopefully they will also be less willing to compromise their journalistic standards in order to avoid upsetting the Jersey establishment. It is all quite encouraging.