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Getting the best out of the BBC for licence fee payers Finding of the Editorial Standards Committee of the BBC Trust Panorama: Primark - On the Rack BBC One, 23 June 2008
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Editorial Standards Findings/ ”Panorama: Primark – On the Rack” Panorama: Primark - On the Rack Remit of the Editorial Standards Committee 1 "Panorama: Primark - On the Rack", BBC One, 23 June 2008 3 Contents
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1 Remit of the Editorial Standards Committee The Editorial Standards Committee (ESC) is responsible for assisting the Trust in securing editorial standards. It has a number of responsibilities, set out in its Terms of Reference at bbc.co.uk/bbctrust/about/meetings_and_minutes/bbc_trust_committees.html. The Committee comprises six Trustees: Alison Hastings (Chairman), Mehmuda Mian, David Liddiment, Elan Closs Stephens, Richard Ayre and Anthony Fry. It is advised and supported by the Trust Unit. In line with the ESC’s responsibility for monitoring the effectiveness of handling editorial complaints by BBC management, the Committee considers appeals against the decisions and actions of the BBC’s Editorial Complaints Unit (ECU) or of a BBC Director with responsibility for the BBC’s output (if the editorial complaint falls outside the remit of the ECU). The Committee will consider appeals concerning complaints which allege that: the complainant has suffered unfair treatment either in a transmitted programme or item, or in the process of making the programme or item the complainant’s privacy has been unjustifiably infringed, either in a transmitted programme or item, or in the process of making the programme or item there has otherwise been a failure to observe required editorial standards The Committee will aim to reach a final decision on an appeal within 16 weeks of accepting the request. The findings for all appeals accepted by the Committee are reported in this bulletin, Editorial Complaints: Appeals to the Trust. As set out in its Terms of Reference, the Committee can decline to consider an appeal which in its opinion: is vexatious or trivial; does not raise a matter of substance; relates to the content of a programme or item which has not yet been broadcast; concerns issues of bias by omission in BBC news programmes unless the Chairman believes that it is plausible that the omission of an item could have led to a breach of the guidelines on impartiality; has not been made within four weeks of the final correspondence with the ECU or BBC Director on the original complaint; and relates to matters which are the subject of or likely to be the subject of, or relevant to, legal proceedings. The Committee will not generally reconsider any aspects of complaints that have already been adjudicated upon or considered by a Court. Any appeals that the Committee has declined to consider under the above criteria are
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