News at Six Complaint Stage 2: BBC Response 15

Subject: RE: News at Six, 22 & 24 July 2014
Date: Mon, 22 Dec 2014 11:41:36 +0000
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).

I am sorry about this mistake, which explains your justifiable confusion about my introduction to this paragraph.

More importantly, however, as I stated, it is the BBC’s aim to paint an accurate and balanced picture over time, and I believe it has. If you disagree, as appears to be the case, you are of course at liberty to appeal to the BBC Trust.

Yours sincerely,

Malcolm Balen
Head of Editorial Standards, BBC News


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