Friday, May 27, 2011

Hooky and the UAE

This came in from Hooky:

You may remember that I put in a complaint to the BBC when in the “Today” programme on 4 March John Humphrys called the late Shaikh Zaid “a very, very nasty man”. After some to-ing and fro-ing between me and the Assistant Editor of the programme, the BBC added the following – to be fair, in heavy type - to the website for 4 March: “In the course of this interview John Humphrys made reference to Shaikh Zaid bin Sultan Al Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates. We now accept that the description used was inaccurate” ( I did not consider that this wording on a website constituted an adequate apology and I pursued my complaint with the BBC’s Editorial Complaints Unit.
Hooky has now recieved  a letter dated 6 May from the Head of Editorial Complaints.
He says: If I were in the BBC the sequence of events would cause me to pose a number of questions about the organisation’s procedures; but I do not propose to pursue the matter further.

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