A couple of days ago I received my long-awaited reply from the BBC. It came of course not from the Director General, Mr Thompson, to whom I'd written. 'As you will appreciate...' he receives more correspondence than he can deal with personally, so the letter came from Ms Bower of BBC Complaints in Glasgow. I wasn't so much complaining as observing. I imagine the four pages were a fairly standard response to complaints about bias about assisted suicide. It basically chronicled the balance of viewpoints presented in news coverage of related items - which wasn't my concern. My point was about the power and balance of story, not about arguments. I actually said that I thought the BBC did balance comment well. It seemed as if my letter hadn't been read properly, just scanned and put in the 'anti' pile. I was disappointed, and reminded of Hamlet's, 'Methinks the lady doth protest too much.'
This was my letter:
I'll refrain from boring you with the long reply as well.