Patrick Kielty, Radio 2, 29 May 2013: Finding by the Editorial Complaints Unit

Complaint

A listener complained that a contributor to the programme was allowed to put forward his opposition to an impending badger cull without challenge or any balancing comment.

 

Outcome

The ECU took the view that although listeners would have understood the contributor was expressing a personal view, the cull is a controversial issue.  The programme should have made it clear that this was just one opinion on the subject and there are those who believe that culling badgers will help to stop the spread of bovine Tuberculosis in cattle.

Upheld

 

Further Action

The Editor, Editorial Standards, Radio 2, has met with the production team and the presenter involved to clarify their responsibilities in achieving impartiality and this has been reinforced in writing to the presenter’s representatives.

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