BBC News Saturday late bulletin, Saturday 28 July 2012

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We received complaints from viewers who felt that David Bond’s report on the men's 250km cycling road race was of a poor quality and/or biased against Team GB

The BBC's Response

We forwarded concerns on this issue to our Head of Sports News and he writes in response:

“We believe the report was balanced as it reflected the enormous recent success of the British cycling team and, as such, the sense of disappointment at the lack of a medal. There was no intention to be discourteous to Mark Cavendish after the race. David asked what we believe was a reasonable question and a decision was taken to broadcast Mark Cavendish’s response so that the audience could make their own judgement.”

In closing he added:

“Clearly David is not a cycling specialist and therefore does not have the same level of expertise in the sport as the BBC’s cycling commentators Simon Brotherton and Hugh Porter. However, this report of the race was intended for a general news audience and we believe it was fair and balanced."

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