An update on recent events- I have not yet had a reply to my second complaint to the BBC over The Future State of Welfare and this Friday will be ten working days since I made it. They are supposed to respond before then. Also, I've heard that the number of complaints was high enough that the BBC are supposed to make a public response to it on their complaints page. They have done so for programmes dated more recently but have not done so for TFSOW. When/if I get a further reply I will seek a correction to this oversight. I will also be pursuing my complaint to the fullest extent and escalate it until the programme is either retracted in full or a prominent list of corrections is published on the BBC website alongside an apology and assurance that the programme will not be shown again without those corrections appearing on-screen during it. I've read the BBC guidelines focusing on accuracy and I believe the case is very strong that the programme failed to meet them and through that lack of rigour inevitably failed to meet the standards require to avoid bias. I am fairly sure at least one of those John Humphrys interviewed who featured in the programme may have learning difficulties and did not have an appropriate adult present, though I will not name them here. This put a vulnerable adult in a compromising position. I do not believe ANY of the benefit claimants featured in the programme were informed of the context of the programme and why their contributions were being sought. The programme did not treat the subject as controversial and failed to distinguish fact from opinion.
This isn't a full list of the issues I have with it, there are so many. I will begin working on a full line-by-line rebuttal of the programme when I receive the BBC response or when the Friday deadline expires, which ever comes first.