I submitted a complaint on Sunday to the BBC about their lack of coverage of Saturday’s anti-austerity march in London. I think many others (hundreds?) did too. Today I got a response, and I thought I’d stick it up here to see if it’s the same to what others have received:
“We covered this demonstration on the BBC News Channel with five reports throughout Saturday evening, on the BBC News website on Sunday, as well as on social media. We choose which stories we cover based on how newsworthy they are and what else is happening and we didn’t provide extensive coverage because of a number of bigger national and international news stories that day, including the escalating crisis in Iraq, British citizens fighting in Syria and the death of Gerry Conlon.
We frequently report on the UK economy and what it means for the British public. We also reflect the concerns of people such as those demonstrating, and others who hold opposing views, across our daily news output on TV, radio as well as online, and we also explore them in more depth including in our political programming and current affairs investigations, debates on ‘Question Time’ and during interviews and analysis on programmes such as ‘PM’ and ‘Newsnight’. Inevitably, there may be disagreements over the level of prominence we give to stories, but we believe our coverage of this subject has been fair and impartial.”
So an admission that (by omission) that they didn’t cover the march while it was taking place, and a reference to where they cover dissent elsewhere. What do people think? Convincing? I’ve now decided to complain whenever I see similar instances of bias or omission. I’d urge you to do the same. Hopefully if enough people complain, they will at least take it into consideration when covering (or not) future news stories.