BBC withdraw biased teaching material on immigration

BBC withdraw biased teaching material on immigration

August 03, 2018

The BBC have withdrawn an educational video after intervention by Migration Watch UK.

The YouTube video in question, produced by BBC Education and aimed at GCSE students aged 14-16, purported to be a debate about immigration, but Migration Watch UK challenged its lack of balance and a number of factual inaccuracies.

Chairman Lord Green of Deddington wrote to Sir David Clementi, Chairman of the BBC [1], pointing out that the video failed to provide an objective analysis of the immigration debate and therefore did not meet the BBC’s own impartiality guidelines.

The head of BBC education responded on 5 July and said that the BBC would withdraw the video with a view to re-editing. She added that 'further efforts could have been made to include contributors with a more diverse range of opinions'.

Commenting, Lord Green of Deddington, Chairman of Migration Watch UK, said:

It is refreshing that Sir David Clementi saw immediately that the material was unacceptably biased and ordered its withdrawal and revision. We have offered the BBC our assistance in producing an accurate and unbiased teaching aid on a very topical and important issue.

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