Campbell welcomes Ofcom transparency comments on BBC

07 October 2019

DUP East Londonderry MP Gregory Campbell has welcomed comments from Ofcom regarding the transparency of the BBC Executive Complaints Unit.

Gregory Campbell

DUP Spokesman on International Development and Cabinet Office

Gregory Campbell

Mr Campbell said,

“The BBC Executive Complaints Unit approach to openness is more like the North Korean approach than a British taxpayer funded broadcaster. The Unit lacks transparency, consistency and its processes are a suspiciously secretive process.

This is a matter I first raised with Lord Hall and the BBC’s Director of Regions and Nations in 2016.  I have had high level meetings with the BBC and discussed the matter but there is no sign of any change in approach regarding the bureaucratic and burdensome complaints process.

It took me almost two years to get basic answers about one BBC contract with a company owned by a BBC presenter.  A common tactic by the ECU is to take so long finalising a complaint that the grounds for appeal are reduced due to the lapse of time. This is an outrage in itself.

I will be seeking a meeting with Ofcom to further raise the lack of transparency in the Executive Complaints Unit process as well as the unexplained delay in responding.”

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