Chris Evans, Radio 2, 25 November 2011

Complaint

A listener complained that Chris Evans expressed a one-sided attitude to the protestors outside St Paul’s Cathedral.

 

Outcome

Chris Evans made critical comments about the protestors on a number of occasions during the programme.  The producer reminded him of the requirements of due impartiality while the programme was on air, and he agreed to express no further opinions on the subject.  Nevertheless, in the absence of balancing comments, what had already been broadcast was not duly impartial.

Upheld

 

Further action

The Compliance Editor of Radio 2 is conducting a series of briefings with the main presenters and their programme teams which cover issues of impartiality, and the Controller of Radio 2 has been asked to raise impartiality issues in his routine meetings with presenters and their representatives.

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