To the Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP
The Trust, as the sovereign body within the BBC, is responsible for setting and upholding the BBC’s Editorial Guidelines, which set out the standards all BBC output should meet. There is a three stage process in place to deal with instances where audiences feel there has been a breach of the Guidelines. This requires that complaints must be dealt with in the first instance by the BBC’s management; the Trust’s role in this process is to consider appeals from complainants should they be dissatisfied with the response that they have received from the BBC’s management.In cases where the Trust has decided that an appeal does qualify for consideration, we employ an independent editorial adviser to investigate the facts of the case and analyse the evidence from both sides in the appeal - in the appeal about “A Walk in the Park”, the adviser therefore analysed evidence from the BBC and CAMERA. The independent adviser’s report is then provided to the complainant and to the BBC for comment on such matters as errors of fact. Any comments plus the original report prepared by the independent editorial adviser and a copy of the programme then go to the Editorial Standards Committee of the BBC Trust for decision.Ensuring the impartiality and accuracy of BBC journalism is a key priority for the Trust; it is essential to its independence that the BBC retains the public’s trust as an impartial purveyor of news and programming. Considering appeals about the BBC’s journalism is one of the ways the Trust fulfils its responsibility to ensure editorial standards are upheld.