. 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.