BBC Complaints: The link you need!

Monday, 11 January 2010


Most editions of Radio 4's Westminster Hour feature a political journalist, who usually casts an eye over some key event or other in a one-to-one chat with presenter Carolyn Quinn. On 30th November it dawned on me that the featured journalists seemed to be coming disproportionately from the UK's left-liberal newspapers. So I began to note down who was getting the invitations.
This is the story so far:
10/1/10 Nick Watt of the Guardian
3/1/10 Michael Savage of the Independent
27/12/09 no programme
20/12/09 no journalist
13/12/09 Andrew Miller of the Economist
6/12/09 George Parker of the Financial Times
29/11/09 Toby Helm of the Observer
22/11/09 no journalist
15/11/09 Nick Watt of the Guardian

Case proven?


  1. I think you would need to look back over at least a 6 month period before it could be claimed with a degree of certainty that there was bias in action. But there does appear to be a bit of a trend forming.

  2. It's a shame there's no 'Today'-style archive for 'Westminster Hour'! You're right & it needs another couple of months (at least) to clich the case.


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