BBC Complaint on coverage of obesity – progress?

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I passed my complaint, twice rejected by BBC Scotland, to the Executive Complaints Unit and they seem to be taking it seriously. See:


British Broadcasting Corporation Broadcast Centre, BC2 B4, 201 Wood Lane, London, W12 7TP
Telephone: 020 8743 8000 Email:

Executive Complaints Unit

Professor John Robertson
Email :

Ref: CAS-4971978 & CAS-4972768

21 June 2018
Dear Professor Robertson
Reporting Scotland , BBC One and Good Morning Scotland , Radio Scotland
26 May,2018
Thank you for your email of 20 June regarding reports in Reporting Scotland and
Good Morning Scotland.
As you know, the BBC Complaints Team has informed you it does not intend to
respond further to your complaint. My role is to decide whether you received a
reasonable response to your original concerns and whether my colleagues were right
not to take the issue any further. This is in line with the BBC Complaints Framework
and Procedures1 which sets out the process for handling complaints.
Your complaints related to two separate broadcasts on Radio Scotland and BBC One
Scotland but were combined as one complaint and responded to accordingly.
I have separated the two complaints and having carefully considered the
correspondence I have concluded that your complaint does in fact raise a substantive
issue and merits a further response. It will now be investigated by the Executive
Complaints; we will let you know our finding within twenty working days.

Yours sincerely

Jeremy Hayes
Complaints Director


The full complaint is here:

Retired Professor stumps BBC Scotland Acting Temporary Deputy Head of News, Current Affairs and Royal Babies on Obesity


14 thoughts on “BBC Complaint on coverage of obesity – progress?

    • Contrary June 21, 2018 / 12:21 pm

      No no, not getting excited, I’m not even optimistic, just astounded that anyone related to the BBC would ever say something like ‘ … have concluded that your complaint does in fact raise a substantive issue and merits a further response.’ It actually sounds reasonable. Which would make me suspicious that they were up to something particularly nasty, but I won’t suggest that because it’s far too negative. I might have a tiny spark of hope that he is sincere.

      Liked by 2 people

    • John June 21, 2018 / 12:28 pm

      😂 No chance !


      • johnrobertson834 June 21, 2018 / 1:55 pm

        BBC elites are often Europhile centrists who dislike the Tories and are not that bothered about the Union? Jeremy may be one of those intellectuals who takes pride in objective analysis.


      • Contrary June 21, 2018 / 4:59 pm

        That phrase ‘Clutching at straws’ does spring to mind….

        Maybe we should be putting small wagers on various outcomes to make it more fun?

        Wonder what odds we should put on for Bird apologising….


      • Alasdair Macdonald June 22, 2018 / 8:31 pm

        Since we are talking of obesity here, your response should be ‘FAT chance’.

        Mr Flippant.


  1. Alan Gordon June 21, 2018 / 5:33 pm

    A result 👍👍👍

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Ludo Thierry June 22, 2018 / 8:20 am

    Well Done Sir – that concession in writing is quite something. Here’s hoping the gent is sincere and that the Executive Complaints folk do pursue this diligently. Whatever happens – this has been a victory – small, but significant. I confess I was not at all confident that you would provoke this kind of response – really well done!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Brian McGowan June 22, 2018 / 4:27 pm

    Or maybe he simply realises you have a case and that you won’t let go, plus you have a platform viewed by many.

    Liked by 1 person

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