Reporting Scotland, BBC1 (Scotland), 13 February 2014

Complaint

A viewer complained that a report on legal action being taken to clarify the existing law on assisted suicide/assisted dying failed to reflect the views of those opposed to euthanasia.

 

Outcome

The ECU agreed that assisted suicide is a controversial subject and so the report should have reflected an appropriate range of views.  The report therefore failed to achieve the necessary due impartiality.

Upheld

 

Further action

The Head of News discussed with the Reporting Scotland team the importance of reflecting an appropriate range of views in coverage of controversial subjects.