The BBC reply to complaint re June 21 demo


The BBC have responded to the people's complaint over the lack of coverage of the National Anti-Austerity Demo on the 21 June.

"Thanks for contacting us about coverage of the People’s Assembly anti-austerity demonstration on 21 June.

We understand you feel there was insufficient coverage of this demonstration by BBC News.

We have received a wide range of feedback about our coverage of this story. In order to use our TV licence fee resources efficiently, this general response aims to answer the key concerns raised, but we apologise in advance if it doesn’t address your specific points in the manner you would prefer.

Your concerns were raised with senior editorial staff at BBC News who responded as follows:

“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.”

We hope this goes some way to explaining our position, and thanks again for taking the time to contact us. 


Kind Regards

BBC Complainomplaints"

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  • commented 2014-07-07 20:14:15 +0100
    IMO there was no international news on June 21 which deserved precedence over the PA national demo. The demo should have been one of the main news items because it concerns the current state of the nation and its people. What else is national news for, if not that?
  • commented 2014-06-26 12:05:30 +0100
    but the Beeb are more than happy to spend millions of pounds of our money on non-news items such as football, cricket, tennis, and injured racing drivers in private hospitals. Of course they’ve got their priorities right!?

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