Wednesday, 20 January 2010

Apology from the BBC

Readers may recollect that I commented in my General Election Summary Briefing that the BBC's One Show last Thursday aired a piece about is being from a priviledge background going to hamper David Cameron's attempts to become Prime Minister. Iain Dale picked up the story and there was some coverage in the press about the BBC receiving over one hundred complaints.

I have had this by way of a responce to my complaint:
"Thank you for contacting us about the recent One Show item on class and politics. We've now had the opportunity to discuss your concerns with the editor of the programme and he’s asked us to pass on his response to you:
"I am sorry you felt the film was unfair to the Conservative Party and I would like to start my reply by acknowledging that we should have made clear that the film was one of a number of profiles of the main political parties. In this case the aim was to show it was no longer necessarily the case that voters felt a politician’s public school education or privileged background was a reason not to vote for them. The views of potential voters were evenly balanced on this point in the film and we highlighted the fact that Labour’s 'toff' attacks on the Conservative candidate at the Crewe and Nantwich bye-election had not worked. The film also highlighted Tony Blair’s attendance at a public school termed 'the Eton of the North' by one contributor. However I do accept that, overall, the reporting style and tone of the film may have under-played these points and led some to the impression of unfairness to the Conservative Party. The One Show production team is very aware of its responsibilities to ensure fairness in our output and I apologise that, on this occasion, the film did not fully do justice to that aim."
"We'd like to assure you that we've registered your comments on our audience log. This is the internal report of audience feedback which we compile daily for all programme makers and commissioning executives within the BBC, and also their senior management. It ensures that your points, and all other comments we receive, are circulated and considered across the BBC. Thanks again for taking the time to contact us with your concerns."


Chauchy Riemann said...

My word! A corporation taking the blame for something it boggles the mind! -- What next flaming sulphur from the sky?

John Farman said...

Love the beeb loath the socialism!

Tony Crilly said...

I think the BBC does try to be balanced but as the apologie makes clear this might not be the impression that some people get from some of their material. I didn't see the broadcast so it didn't really bother me. Many people don't really notice this sort of thing anyway I think.