Judi Spiers Show, BBC Radio Devon, 20 May 2013: Finding by the Editorial Complaints Unit

Complaint

A listener complained that a homeopath who was interviewed on the programme was allowed to make the misleading claim that an organisation working in Tanzania had successfully treated patients using homeopathic remedies. 

 

Outcome

The presenter appeared to endorse the claims that were made for the efficacy of homeopathic remedies and failed to challenge the assertion that homeopathic remedies had been effective in treating patients with a range of medical conditions, including the side effects of HIV medication.  As there is no scientific support for them, such claims are controversial and the item fell short of due impartiality

Upheld

 

Further Action

The finding was discussed with the presenter and producer, and  all the station's  non-news programme teams have been reminded of their commitment to due impartiality in all interviews.

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