[Notice that this doesn't address the question
of whether the BBC was incorrect to claim
that violence had "significantly"
Initial BBC Reply (dismissive)
Dear Mr Dean
Thank you for your e-mail regarding
'The Ten O'Clock News' on 20 October...
I note you found the report
on violent crime "misleading" although
I can assure you this was not the intention
of the piece. It is worth noting that the main
body of the report was on the measures being
introduced to try and tackle violent crime rather
than the figures themselves. These are street-level
initiatives being introduced by the Government
itself in an attempt to take the 'glamour' out
of gangs and gun crime.
The introduction to any report
is necessarily often a very short summary of
the issue in question and it was not the intention
to explore the figures in depth. Our wider reporting
has pointed out the Home Office's belief that
the increase of 6% is a result of improved crime
recording and more proactive policing. In addition
we have also covered the findings of the British
However, I am sorry if you
were concerned and can assure you that your
comments have been registered and added to our
daily log which is made available to programme
makers and senior editorial staff.
Thank you again for contacting
Our follow-up (sent 5/12/05)
Dear Mr McCullough,
Thanks for your reply to my
complaint on BBC reporting of crime figures.
One matter is left unaddressed
by your response: Does the BBC acknowledge that
it was incorrect to state that violent
crime had "significantly" increased?
Given the importance of this
issue, and the BBC's responsibility to correct
mistakes, it would be useful to see a direct
admission of error on this occasion.
Second BBC Reply (dismissive again)
Dear Mr Dean
I am sorry that you continue
to have concerns with the 'Ten O'clock News'
bulletin from the 20 October and the piece on
violent crime. However, there is not a great
deal I can add to my previous response.
If you do wish to escalate
your complaint you should now contact the BBC
Editorial Complaints Unit (ECU)...
After that we took our complaint to the BBC's
Editorial Complaints Unit. As we mention
at the top of the page, they've now upheld our