BBC upheld just 25 complaints of bias in five years

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By Paul Homewood

h/t Ian Magness

I’m surprised it’s as many as 25!!

The BBC’s internal watchdog has been dismissed as “unfit for purpose” after it emerged that just 25 complaints of bias have been formally upheld in the past five years.

In the same period, the BBC received 1.7 million complaints, of which more than 600,000 are likely to have been about bias, based on previous data.

Campaigners said it “defies belief” that the BBC’s Executive Complaints Unit (ECU) found that an average of just five complaints of bias each year had any substance.

The Government is currently examining the effectiveness of the complaints process as part of a mid-term review of the BBC’s 10-year Royal Charter. Critics are calling for a complete overhaul.

Tim Davie, the BBC director-general, has promised to improve impartiality at the broadcaster, which has been dogged by accusations of bias in recent years. The new data suggest much more progress is needed.

News-watch, a monitoring organisation set up by David Keighley, a former BBC journalist, has submitted a 95-page report to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, which is in charge of the mid-term review.

It is among those calling on the Government to order a rethink of the whole complaints process, suggesting the BBC should not be “its own judge and jury”.