I complained to the BBC that Caroline Quinn's Radio 4 program called ' How to make a Brexit' on Tuesday 8th January was bias in favour of the EU.
Dr Richard North did a detailed analysis of the programme's bias, on his blog EU Referendum, and the applicable post is here:-
Here is a copy of my complaint:-
I have been complaining over 25 years about the BBC's bias over its reporting of
the EU as you show clear bias for remaining in. This programme clearly set out
to show every possible obstacle to us leaving and did not offer a balance by
giving equal coverage to the many advantages to us leaving and how it can he
safely achieved. It also contained many distortions of the truth and outright
lies. Something I know you will argue is that over time your reporting on the EU
is balanced even if this or other programmes weren't. However it is impossible
for you to make this point as your reporting over time is also heavily biased in
favour of remaining with the status quo that is in the EU. Your Royal Charter
demands balance and yet on the EU and much else your reporting is very one
sided. Again it is known that you have received soft loans, of many millions,
from the EU and your reporting on this subject, of national importance, is a
disgrace and clearly biased in the EU's favour. This programme should be removed
from the 'I' player, as you did with a far less controversial programme by
Quentin Letts on the Met Office which did challenge the science of Climate
Change, or you should broadcast a programme that concentrates on how we can
safely leave the EU and why it is to our advantage to do so. The main
contributor to the programme should be the leading EU expert Dr Richard North
whose popular campaigning blog 'EU Referendum' is at the forefront, through his
Flexcit plan, of explain how we can and why we should leave the EU. I await your
reply with what you propose to do about this disgracefully very biased programme
which clearly set out to support the case for us remaining in the EU.
Here is the BBC's reply to my complaint which as I suspected talks about balance over time but appears to address a programme I didn't actually complain about!!!
Dear Mr Warry
Thanks for contacting us about our midnight News Bulletin on Radio 4 as
broadcast January 02, I understand you felt the programme was biased in favour
of the EU.
I appreciate the time you have taken to share your concerns with us and I am
sorry about the delay in responding to you.
BBC news editors are charged to ensure that over a reasonable period they
reflect the range of significant views, opinions and trends on particular
issues. The BBC does not seek to denigrate any view, or to promote any view. It
seeks rather to identify all significant views, and to test them rigorously and
fairly on behalf of the audience.
In dealing with any controversial matter the BBC is required to give a fair
and balanced report. Balance cannot simply be judged on the basis of the time
allocated to the representatives of either side of an argument however. One
spokesperson may make his or her points concisely while another needs rather
longer to explain a point of view.
Account also needs to be taken of the way a subject is covered over a period
of time; perfect balance is difficult to achieve on every single occasion while
overall it is a more achievable goal.
Nevertheless, all complaints are sent to senior management and programme
makers every morning and I included your points in this report. These reports
are among the most widely read sources of feedback in the BBC and ensures that
your complaint has been seen by the right people quickly. This helps inform
their decisions about current and future programmes.
Thank you once again for contacting us.
While I've learnt that complaining to the BBC is a pretty pointless exercise I will be writing back pointing out their error. However this does PROVE BEYOND REASONABLE DOUBT that the BBC is beyond censor with a total disregard for balance and knows that it can get away with broadcasting its 'Guardianist' view of the world uninterrupted.
Until the public at large rise up and protest then the BBC wins and we lose.