BBC’s ECU publishes findings on complaint about R4 ‘Today’ programme

Back in January we noted that a listener’s complaint concerning the November 15th 2013 edition of BBC Radio 4’s ‘Today’ programme had been upheld by the BBC’s Editorial Complaints Unit after initially being rejected by the programme’s assistant editor.

The ECU has now published its findings.

Complaint Today prog Sarah Montague

The ECU notes:

“The Editor of Today discussed the findings with the presenter who conducted the interview and underlined the need for care when making references to specific countries in the context of controversial subjects.”

However, no information is provided as to what steps, if any, will be taken to inform listeners of the fact that the impression that Christians in Israel suffer from violence – as given by Sarah Montague’s words –  is inaccurate and misleading. 

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3 comments on “BBC’s ECU publishes findings on complaint about R4 ‘Today’ programme

  1. That is absolutely standard for the BBC. They almost never do inform their listeners/viewers about their findings despite the requirement in the BBC Charter to do so when they have been found to have misinformed their audience.

    • True. Obfuscation is the default position of the BBC in these instances. It’s only the degree of obfuscation that varies

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