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Correspondence, mainly concerning complaints of left-wing bias in broadcasts, Jan 1986-Jun 1987

CCO 20/12/16

Correspondents include:-

  1. Buchanan, Elizabeth, Conservative Research Department
  2. Checkland, Michael, Director-General, BBC
  3. Cotton, Bill, Managing Director of Television, BBC
  4. Dobbs, Michael, Conservative Central Office
  5. Esnouf, Guy, Conservative Central Office
  6. Ferrier, Lord Victor, Conservative peer
  7. Gillick, Mrs Victoria
  8. Hussey, Marmaduke, Chairman, BBC
  9. Milne, Alasdair, Director-General, BBC
  10. Shaw, Barry, Messrs Wright Webb Syrett, Solicitors, London
  11. Tebbit, Norman, Party Chairman

Subjects include:-

  1. Possible committee of investigation into the financial management of the BBC, Jan 1986
  2. The BBC's position on apartheid in South Africa, as expressed by Assistant Director-General Alan Protheroe in BBC Radio 4's 'Feedback' programme, Nov 1986-Jan 1987
  3. Bias in reporting of the latest Office of Population Censuses and Surveys (OPCS) figures on teenage pregnancies in the BBC Radio 4 programme 'Week Ending' and in The Guardian, Jan-Feb 1987
  4. Congratulation to Michael Checkland on his appointment as Director-General of the BBC, Feb 1987
  5. Mis-representation of statement by Michael Jopling, Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, on development of agricultural land in the BBC 'Natural History Programme' aired on 15/02/1987
  6. Complaint from Lord Ferrier at unfair apportionment of time to Conservative and Alliance peers' statements during the 'Yesterday in Parliament' BBC broadcast on 19/02/1987
  7. The views of BBC Assistant Director-General Alan Protheroe on the Official Secrets Act, Feb 1987
  8. BBC failure to include coverage of encouraging Trade Figures in its news bulletins on 26/03/1987
  9. BBC South East news bulletin broadcast on 12/05/1987 which inaccurately referred to four black Labour prospective candidates as standing for safe Labour seats, one of which was held by the Conservatives, May 1987
  10. Claims made in the BBC Panorama programme broadcast on 15/06/1987 that the Prime Minister attacked Norman Tebbit and dispensed with Saatchi & Saatchi's services during the general election campaign, Jun 1987

Papers include:-

  1. Newspaper cutting, source unknown, concerning admission of bias by David Edwards, producer of the BBC's Inside London programme on sports sponsorship by the tobacco industry, ND [c.Nov 1986]
  2. Newspaper cuttings from The Independent, 02/12/1986 and the Guardian 01/12/1986 concerning latest figures on teenage pregnancies
  3. Transcript of speech by Michael Checkland, Deputy Director-General of the BBC entitled 'What kind of future for public service broadcasting in an age of satellites?',18/02/1987
  4. Transcript of interview of Alan Protheroe, Assistant Director-General of the BBC, by Christopher Dunkley of the Financial Times for BBC Radio 4's 'Feedback' programme, 20/02/1987
  5. Handwritten list of Conservative MPs who (presumably) had made complaints against BBC coverage, including some who fought libel actions against the BBC, with attached typescript 'Questions needing answers' relating to various libel actions and other issues of complaint against the BBC, ND
  6. Independent Television News report, 'British Voting Trends 1979-1987', David Cowling, Political Analyst, ND [c.mid-1987]


  • Creation: Jan 1986-Jun 1987


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Language of Materials

  • English

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CCO 20/12/16

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Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom