Vanessa Feltz in for Jeremy Vine, Radio 2, 29 0ctober 2013: Finding by the Editorial Complaints Unit

Complaint

A listener complained that the presenter displayed bias during an interview on the dismissal of Sharon Shoesmith, former head of Haringey children’s services.

 

Outcome

A passage during the interview was inappropriately antagonistic in tone, which may have given listeners the impression that the presenter was expressing her own views on a matter of controversy.

Upheld

 

Further action

The Editor of the programme will discuss the finding with Ms Feltz, with a view to identifying how the interview went wrong and avoiding any repetition.  The programme team will review the provisions for briefing guest presenters on the handling of controversial subjects.

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