Have I Got News For You, BBC One, 29 May 2020

Summary of complaint

We have received complaints from viewers who felt that the programme was biased against Dominic Cummings.


Our response

HIGNFY has always covered the biggest news stories of the week and allegations that Dominic Cummings had broken lockdown guidelines had dominated headlines across many news outlets. This was a fast moving story, with many layers. The BBC has a long tradition of satire and it isn’t unusual for public figures to have their actions scrutinised. No-one in the public eye is exempt.

We don’t consider that this story received disproportionate coverage on the programme. It was certainly one of the biggest news stories of the week, and it was appropriate for it to be the focus of this episode as it reflected what much of the nation had been discussion and debating. The jokes and asides were intended to be funny and not expressions of fact.