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.