I watched the BBC’s coverage of Livingstone’s media stunt at the MPA this morning. I wasn’t surprised that the covered it but I was surprised by how unbalanced the reporting was.
I was moved to send the following missive to an important person who works at the Beeb:
I am very unhappy with the BBC London element of today’s lunchtime news, in
particular the reporting of Ken Livingstone’s appearance at the MPA this morning.
I struggle to see how the presentation of a blatantly political and numerically insignificant petition (400 names form a city of 7 million people!) warrants a slot on the news. Having decided to cover the story I would have expected the piece to include at least some attempt at balance and context, both were missing. The report highlighted Ken Livingstone’s position but failed to show responses from the MPA’s Chief Exec Catherine Crawford, Steve O’Connell AM or myself, all of whom addressed points that he raised.
The former Mayor is showboating as part of his attempt to get the Labour nomination, he is doing this by campaigning against a policy created under his mayoralty, enacted by Len Duval AM whilst Chairman of the MPA and continued by Boris. None of this came across from your report.
If you intend to use this package again I feel it inexcusable not to include a balancing opinion at the very least.
Ooooooooh I feel better now.