. Re. Editorial Complaints Unit Email #2.
Dear Mr Tregear,
Thank you for clarifying the editorial discretion issue and explaining the limitations of the terms of reference of the ECU.
It’s interesting that all the Stage 1 responses I’ve received on this and other issues seek to redefine any specific issue in terms of the total BBC output over time, which is exactly what the ECU’s terms of reference prevent it from dealing with at Stage 2. This would appear to be a clear-cut case of two stools deliberately engineered for complaints to fall between, but that’s the subject for another complaint at another time.
. Editorial Complaints Unit Email #2.
Dear Mr McNulty,
Thank you for your email. I fear I may not have expressed myself as clearly as I could have done on the issue of editorial discretion.
There are clearly occasions when an editorial decision could lead to a breach of the BBC’s editorial standards. The point I was trying to make was that the Editorial Complaints Unit does not have the authority to consider the choice of which news stories or events are reported on any particular day.
. Re: Editorial Complaints Unit Email. Dear Mr Tregear,
Thank you for your email of 12 December. I am be happy to clarify your point. You are correct, this is the first time that I have raised the issue of the language used by a BBC Correspondent on a BBC News Channel report on 22 July.
I did not raise it before because it was not directly relevant to my complaint, which is the lack of prominence given to the ONS deficit figure on that evening’s BBC News at Six in comparison to the prominence given to the IMF growth forecast on the same programme two days later.
. Editorial Complaints Unit.
Thank you for your email of 11 December.
I have read all the previous correspondence and before the ECU considers whether it can investigate your complaint I would be grateful if you could clarify a point.
My understanding is that you have raised a concern about the language used by a BBC Correspondent on a BBC News Channel report on 22 July. So far as I can ascertain, this is the first time that you have raised this particular issue and so unless you can point me towards evidence to the contrary, I have to tell you that the ECU cannot look into this point of complaint.