One of the things that strikes me listening to the BBC World Service is how “proper” they always sound. They definitely hold themselves to a higher standard than any of the news organizations in North America, and that includes the CBC. Interestingly it seems they also hold their listeners to a higher standard.
They did a small piece today (okay yesterday when you account for podcast shift) about a letter they received complaining that while good, they need to hold themselves to a higher standard of grammatical competency. They interviewed the writer (who is a member of the English preservation society), about what his complaints and suggestions were, and got into the question of whether he was being too pedantic — would they not alienate too many people by sounding too pompous?
When the piece ended and it came back to the anchor, she wrapped up with “We hope that was balanced enough to satisfy those of you who are pedantic, as well as those who like to split their infinitives …. up”