Today in The Times – Animal Aid win BBC apology

Posted on the 1st April 2004

The BBC governors have rebuked the makers of Radio 4's Today programme and ordered them to apologise to Animal Aid Director Andrew Tyler for the way it edited a recorded interview with him that was broadcast January 27; this was the day the news broke that Cambridge University was to abandon its plans for the research centre.

Andrew’s interview was carefully edited to omit two key facts: that Prescott’s own Inspector ruled against the University and that, as a consequence, we were now taking Prescott to court. While Andrew was ruthlessly edited, Colin Blakemore of the Medical Research Council and a spokesman for the University were allowed free rein in the studio to create the impression that the University’s decision to abandon its plans was a victory for moronic violence over democracy. Blakemore was even allowed to state – unchallenged – that reasoned argument played no part in the objectors’ case.

The BBC admitted that it was ‘unfair’ to allow Blakemore to make this statement unchallenged. An article in The Times described the governors’ decision as ‘the first major ruling involving the current affairs programme since the Hutton report’.

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