Thought For the Day, Radio 4, 18 January 2012 - Finding by the Editorial Complaints Unit


Two listeners complained that the speaker had advocated Scottish independence, contrary to the BBC’s requirement of due impartiality on such matters.



Although the speaker had not intended to be understood in that sense, he expressed himself in terms which created the impression that he favoured one side of a controversial question.



Further action

The production team were reminded of the need to guard contributors against any appearance of political partisanship in areas of contemporary controversy.