BBC News, 14 November 2012: Finding by the Editorial Complaints Unit

Complaint

The programme included a studio interview with Jonathan Sacerdoti about recent Israeli actions in Gaza.  Two viewers complained that he had not been identified as a pro-Israeli speaker, which was misleading and resulted in bias.

 

Outcome

Mr Sacerdoti was introduced as the Director of the Institute for Middle Eastern Democracy, and it was not made clear that he is an active proponent of the Israeli viewpoint.  What he said in the course of the interview was a legitimate expression of that viewpoint, and in keeping with the requirements of due impartiality in such matters.  However, viewers should have been made aware that he was not a neutral commentator.

Partly upheld

 

Further action

The production team have been reminded of the importance of clearly summarising the standpoint of any interviewee where it is relevant and not immediately clear from their position or the title of their organisation.