News at Six Complaint Stage 2: BBC Response 16

Subject: RE: News at Six, 22 & 24 July 2014
Date: Mon, 22 Dec 2014 15:11:51 +0000
From: James Harding Complaints <JamesHardingComplaints@bbc.co.uk>

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.

It follows that BBC News would not regard this single month’s borrowing figure as a ‘major matter.’

Yours sincerely

Malcolm Balen
Head of Editorial Standards, BBC News

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