BBC Complaints: The link you need!

Tuesday, 1 December 2009


My favourite measure of bias across the Beeb is the super-average interruption coefficient - which is calculated very simply by adding up all the individual I.C.s for each party & then dividing them by the number of interviewed granted to each party that month. As with all statistics, the larger the sample, the better the result (with the consequence that the Plaid figure, based on 2 interviews, is probably not typical!) - and more significant any differences (hence the increase of the I.C. to 2 decimal places).

Here are how things worked out in November 2009:
Conservatives (95 interviews) - 0.86
SNP (15 interviews) - 0.81
UKIP (9 interviews) - 0.80
Labour (149 interviews) - 0.67
Liberal Democrats (39 interviews) - 0.48
Independents (3 interviews) - 0.27
Sinn Fein (2 interviews) - 0.15
Greens (4 interviews) - 0.13
Plaid Cymru (2 interviews) - 0

There you go. More empiral proof of the BBC's bias, albeit not so sharply etched as in other months. *

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