In an interview with Jeremy Hunt, Garry Richardson raised the topic of the threatened strike by members of the Public and Commercial Services Union on the eve of the Olympics. Several listeners complained that he had inappropriately expressed a personal view on a controversial topic.
The programme-makers explained that Mr Richardson was not in fact expressing his own view but attempting to discover the limits of Mr Hunt’s position by pressing him from an unexpected angle. The ECU took the view that the terms in which he sought to do so tended to give the impression that a personal view was being expressed, irrespective of the intention.
The Controller of Radio 5 Live discussed the findings with the presenter and programme editor and emphasised the requirement for more clearly qualified questioning.
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