BSC partly backs school complaint

The Broadcasting Standards Commission partly upheld a complaint against BBC East Midlands Today of unfair treatment and unwarranted infringement of privacy on behalf of a primary school.

James Green, on behalf of Haydn Primary School, objected to a news story on the programme, broadcast on 6 December 2001, that a teacher had stopped using a Harry Potter book as a classroom text because of supposedly anti-Christian content.

The commission found that the way that interviews with two children were presented risked viewers forming an exaggerated impression of the action taken by the school.

However, it found that as filming took place outside school premises, it did not amount to an infringement of the school’s privacy.

The BSC also upheld a complaint against a disc jockey from the cleaner at his radio station. The cleaner, at Isle of Wight Radio, complained about comments made on air by broadcaster Alex Dyke about the poor quality of cleaning at the station.

The commission said Dyke was not justified in making fun of the cleaner.

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