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Andrew Jones Member of Parliament for Harrogate & Knaresborough

Andrew Jones MP

Member of Parliament for Harrogate & Knaresborough

BBC and its coverage of Israel

Thank you for contacting me about the BBC and its coverage of Israel.

I agree that the BBC must ensure that there is careful reporting on controversial subjects to ensure accuracy and impartiality in their news. This should apply to all reports dealing with public policy or matters of political controversy.

The recent review of the BBC’s Royal Charter embeds the core principle of impartiality in the BBC’s overall mission and enshrines the principle of editorial independence for the BBC’s Director-General, making the BBC the most trusted provider of news both in the UK and abroad.

You are correct in saying the BBC has a complaints system in place. In the first instance the BBC handles the complaint. Where a complainant is unsatisfied with the response, or where the BBC fails to respond in a timely manner the complainant is able to complain to Ofcom which has a proven record as an independent media regulator. Ofcom in this instance provides an extra layer of oversight over the BBC’s impartiality meaning the BBC will continue to be held to the high editorial standards that the public expects.

In the first instance your complaint should be made to the BBC. More information on how to do this is available here: www.bbc.co.uk/complaints. Ofcom can only consider your complaint if you’ve already complained to the BBC first. If you were unsatisfied with the response, or if the BBC fails to respond in a timely manner, you can make a complaint to Ofcom here: www.ofcom.org.uk/tv-radio-and-on-demand/how-to-report-a-complaint/bbc-tv-channel-radio-station-bbciplayer.

I will continue to monitor this issue closely and I will discuss concerns raised with me with ministers within the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport.

Thank you again for taking the time to contact me.

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