Steve Wright in the Afternoon, Radio 2, 3 December 2015: Finding by the Editorial Complaints Unit

The programme included an interview with the editor of the monthly magazine “What Doctors Don’t Tell You”. A representative of Good Thinking Society complained that it was not made clear that the interviewee represented a particular viewpoint on the efficacy conventional medicine, and had been allowed to make unchallenged claims in support of that viewpoint.

The ECU agreed that the interview did not make clear that the magazine is attended by a degree of controversy, and that Ms McTaggart’s views weren’t challenged in an appropriate way. As a result, listeners might well have formed an impression of the relative efficacy of orthodox medicine and alternative therapies which was less than accurate or balanced.

Further action
The Editor of Steve Wright in the Afternoon has reviewed the structure of interviews in the programme in the light of this case.  In future, additional research will be carried out on potential interviewees.  If the research identifies possible topics of discussion which lie outside the programme’s usual focus on entertainment and artistic endeavour, the programme-makers will consider inviting one of the programme’s regular contributors who has relevant expertise to join the on-air conversation.