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News at Six Complaint Stage 2: Viewer Response 10

. Dear Mr Balen and/or Mr Harding,

Thank you for confirming that BBC News does not regard the official announcement of the June deficit as a ‘major matter’.

I suspected as much when I saw your economics/business correspondent describe it as a “rather boring number”. A suspicion reinforced when the Six made no mention of it and regarded a conference on FGM to be due much greater prominence and weight. Now you have confirmed this to be the professional editorial judgement of BBC News it is no longer a matter of suspicion but of established fact.

News at Six Complaint Stage 2: BBC Response 16

. From: James Harding Complaints.

Dear Mr McNulty,

As I have previously referred you to the Trust, I am afraid I am unable to comment further on the substance of your appeal.

For the sake of clarity, however, I would refer you to the first part of guideline 4.4.26:

On long-running or continuous output (such as general daily magazine programmes, the News Channel, Online, etc.) due impartiality may be achieved over time by the consistent application of editorial judgement in relevant subject areas.

News at Six Complaint Stage 2: Viewer Response 9

. Dear Mr Balen,

Thank you for your further reply.

Funny how the wrong sentence can mysteriously appear in bold without anyone being responsible. No matter. This is the least of the things I complained about.

More importantly, Editorial Guideline 4.4.26 on Impartiality Over Time clearly states that:

“When dealing with ‘major matters’, due impartiality cannot normally be achieved over time”

News at Six Complaint Stage 2: BBC Response 15

. From: James Harding Complaints.

Dear Mr McNulty,

Thank you for your further email.

I see that on re-reading our correspondence it appears that the wrong sentence has appeared in bold in the ONS data:

Public sector net borrowing excluding financial interventions (PSNB ex) was £11.4 billion in June 2014. This was £3.8 billion higher than last June. There was no transfer from the Bank of England Asset Purchase Facility Fund (APF) in June 2014; however there was a £3.9 billion APF transfer in June 2013. When APF transfers are excluded from net borrowing, last June was £11.5 billion (similar to June 2014).

News at Six Complaint Stage 2: Viewer Response 8

. Dear Mr Balen and/or Mr Harding,

Thank you for your email of 16 December.

I’d rather you didn’t summarise my complaint. The BBC webform already limited it to 242 words. If I had wished it to be summarised any further I would have done it myself. Please address the complaint as I presented it, not as you misrepresent it.

Your own summary begins by labelling facts I quoted as merely things I “say”, conveying the impression these are nothing more than my own personal views or opinions.

News at Six Complaint Stage 2: BBC Response 14

. From: James Harding Complaints.
Dear Mr McNulty,

Thank you for your correspondence with the Editorial Complaints Unit about the above programmes which, as I think you know, has been referred to me.

Your complaint, if I might summarise it, is that the fourth item on the News at Six on 24 July was the announcement that the IMF had raised its UK growth forecast “by almost half a percentage point” whereas, you say, two days earlier the ONS announcement that the June deficit was “50% higher than last year” “was not given equivalent due prominence and weight.”