BBC Complaints - Case number CAS-3922990-LP12L5

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BBC Complaints - Case number CAS-3922990-LP12L5
« on: July 27, 2016, 08:55:33 PM »
So the fee payer is paying twice, as any funding from the EU comes back from our payments, to be used as specified by the EU


To: [email protected]
 Subject: FW: BBC Complaints - Case number CAS-3922990-LP12L5
 Date: Tue, 26 Jul 2016 11:19:49 +0000

I would like this taken further by the trust. On their own admission (as well as in annual reports for many years now) the BBC have been taking EU money. It matters little for what reason they purport to use this money - they are still taking EU money and betraying the principle of impartiality, which anyone with half a brain could have seen over the years. Not for nothing is the BBC known as the Brussels Broadcasting Corporation. So how does the Trust feel about that? Does it really feel they have made clear to Mr Hall that the EU is not a valid place to obtain loans, for whatever nonsensical reason he wishes to portray.

I demand this stop immediately and the BBC issue an apology to all licence payers for betraying the Trust's principle of impartiality over the years and especially during the first referendum under Harold Wilson where it was proved that they operated a department of dirty tricks. What's that? You say you've never heard of it? Well you must be the only ones who haven't. I'll send you a DVD of all the treasonable acts that Heath and his cohorts in the BBC performed if you really want it.

It might help if the BBC stopped employing all these Scots. For such a small nation Scotland has far more representation than they deserve or merit particularly on Radio 4. It seems now that every other person on the BBC is Scottish.

Nick Chance

From: [email protected]
 Date: Tue, 26 Jul 2016 11:44:07 +0100
 Subject: BBC Complaints - Case number CAS-3922990-LP12L5

 Dear Mr Chance

 Reference CAS-3922990-LP12L5

 Thank you for getting back in touch.

 BBC public service news programmes are not allowed to take any external funding, including from the EU, as we explained on our EU Referendum “Reality Check” webpage at

 BBC World Service radio is also now funded by the TV Licence fee, although the UK Government has agreed to pay for some new services.

 There are three areas that benefit from EU money, but these do not influence BBC editorial policy:

 1) BBC Media Action
 - BBC Media Action is independent from the BBC - it is an international development charity set up by the BBC.
- Formerly known as the BBC World Service Trust, the charity aims to help people by “Transforming lives through media around the world”.
- In 2014-15 the charity received 5% of its funding from the EU, which was £2.3m.
- Its biggest donor was the UK Government’s Department for International Development.

 2) BBC Research & Development
 - BBC R&D applies for grants to help fund its research into broadcasting technology that has contributed to developments such as Freeview and DAB digital radio.
- Last year it received a grant of €607,953 (£472,197).

 3) Independent Production Companies
 - Some independent production companies (not in-house) apply for grants that may be part-funded by the EU, which provide incentives to make programmes in particular regions of the UK.
 - This is particularly the case for drama productions - news, current affairs and factual programmes do not use such incentives.
 - In 2014-15, less than 2% of independently-produced programmes on the BBC used such incentives, which accounted for an average of 6% of their programme budgets.

 We are sorry to tell you that we have nothing to add at this stage. We do not believe your complaint has raised a significant issue of general importance that might justify further investigation. We will not therefore correspond further in response to additional points, or further comments or questions, made about this issue or our responses to it.

 We realise you will be disappointed to hear this but hope this explains why we are not able to take your complaint further. If you remain dissatisfied about our decision you can appeal to the BBC Trust, the body which represents licence fee payers. The Trust has asked that we should explain to complainants that the BBC's Royal Charter draws a clear distinction between the role of the Trust - which determines the overall scope of the BBC's services and sets its standards - and that of the BBC Executive - which runs the Corporation and decides what to broadcast and publish.

 The Trust does not investigate every appeal submitted to it. It will normally hear appeals about the Executive’s decisions only if a complainant can show that they involved a potential breach of the BBC's published standards, or that an operational decision has raised significant issues of general importance. The Trust is the final arbiter of which appeals it should consider. For the full information about the BBC Trust’s appeals procedures please visit

 If you wish to submit an appeal you must write within 20 working days of receiving this reply, explaining why you wish to appeal. You can contact the BBC Trust at 180 Great Portland Street, London W1W 5QZ, or by emailing [email protected] Please would you include for them the relevant case reference which you may have been given.

 Thank you again for contacting us.

 Kind regards

 David Currie
 BBC Complaints Team

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