BBC forced to address complaints about ‘biased’ reporting against Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
BBC News has been hit with complaints about its ‘biased’ reporting against Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
In its latest complaints report, the BBC confirmed that it received more than 100 complaints from unhappy viewers about the news programme and its coverage of the couple, who have decided they won’t be returning as working members of the Royal Family.
Viewers who contacted the BBC said they felt the segment, which aired on February 19 and was reported on by royal correspondent Nicholas Witchell, was biased against the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
Releasing a statement to its website, the BBC addressed the complaints explaining that the report was well balanced and ‘demonstrated the differing perspectives’ of both Buckingham Palace and the Sussexes.
‘In his role as our Royal Correspondent, Nicholas Witchell reported in detail on the announcement that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex won’t be returning as working members of The Royal Family,’ the statement began.
‘He made clear the positions of those involved and the circumstances which had led to this. He also examined the implications of this in both a practical and personal sense for Harry and Meghan, and what this meant for their relationship with the rest of The Royal Family.
‘The statement issued by Buckingham Palace and the response from the Sussexes demonstrated the differing perspectives of the two parties. In his scrutiny of these statements, Nicholas fairly reflected the conflicting viewpoints which the statements seemed to expose.’
The statement went on to add that Nicholas offered an analysis of what the story meant for The Royal Family.
It concluded: ‘He did not express a viewpoint on the stance taken by Harry and Meghan, and reflected that there would be many people who supported their decision and wished them well.’
At the time unhappy viewers took to Twitter to air their frustration about the news segment.
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