Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Complaint to BBC

Below is a copy of a complaint just sent to the BBC

On the BBC Six O'Clock News broadcast on 17th January 2012 Nick Robinson, Political Editor, was covering a news story about Ed Miliband's response to UNITE criticism about his policies on the Coalition Government's spending cuts . In the item Mr Robinson stated that "Labour Controlled" Doncaster Council, Ed Milband's own Council in his constituency, was cutting staff salaries by 4%. I believe Mr Robinson intended viewers to believe that this was a local Labour Party decision when actually Doncaster Council has an elected Mayor who is from the English Democrats Party. Mr Robinson either has no idea of the decision-making of local authorities who have an elected Mayor or he intentionally sought to mislead viewers in order to show a Labour Council supporting salary cuts to public sector staff. Therefore, either Mr Robinson is extremely ill-informed, which I doubt, or he made the statement in order to intentionally mislead viewers. I would want the BBC to correct the statement on a future news programme and an apology for what was at best poor, and at worst, biased journalism.

Sunday, 8 January 2012

Letter to the Guardian


I am writing to complain about a worrying trend in the Guardian and that is the articles that are opened up for reader's comments and those which are not. It is noticeable that when there is a critical story about the coalition or more pointedly David Cameron or Nick Clegg in person, invariably the article is not open for reader's comments. However, critical coverage of the Leader of the Opposition (of which there seems to be more of late) is almost always open to reader's comments. The most recent example being a comparison between the two articles surrounding Ed Miliband's twitter typo ("Blackbusters") and the Prime Minister's apology for his Tourettes jibe at Ed Balls. Both the articles about Miliband are open to comment the single article about Cameron isn't. Perhaps you could explain why this is the case - and more worryingly, why this is the case most of the time?


Andrew Freeman