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Some weeks ago I protested to the BBC as follows :-

"From Our Own Correspondent
BBC Radio 4, Saturday 25 July 2020

In a report about Brazil we quoted a contributor who claimed that: "every 23 minutes in Brazil a young black man is killed by the police". In fact, Human Rights Watch says that across Brazil police have killed 33,000 people in the last ten years. . . . Human Rights Watch says three quarters of these deaths were black men."

Every 23 minutes would have amounted to 22,852 young black men killed by Police in Brazil yearly. In fact the figure is probably approx 2,475 black men, of all ages, killed each year - (that's absolutely shocking in in itself). 

The BBC overstated the actual situation nearly TENFOLD. The BBC's reply to me concluded, "Thank you again for getting in touch and for bringing the matter to our attention."

No mention that a correction will be made on the programme - IMO that's disgraceful.  >:(
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I wrote to the BBC regarding the bias shown by Panorama, in particular asking the IOM Chief Minister if he would be apologising if the IOM were found to have abused the VAT system. After a thorough investigation by UK HMRC, they duly were. Are the BBC going to apologise I asked? No answer was forthcoming....


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IMO this was bl**dy shocking - to get a stat 1000 times out and no-one notices - no immediate correction or, at the end of the program. The BBC I ask you  ::)

"Michelle Roberts - the headline report on 'World at One' on 27/10 - 1 min 35 secs in.

Referring to the Imperial College Study revealing that 'antibody' immunity fades quickly she refers to a study of ''more than 365 people''. Yes well it was more - 365,000 actually.

A headline report but very poorly written - moving on to say sort of 'don't give up on vaccines' she gets it wrong again. Referring to another kind of possible vaccine - using T-cell immunity, she sums up wrongly too, saying, 'you could have a vaccine every year, just like the flu'.

That's very poor - a T-cell vaccine might last 10, 20 years or for life, as distinct from a antibody vaccine maybe 3 months. And FGS it's not just like the 'flu. FGS a headline report, stats 1000 times out AND a distorting presentation."

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Just for the record  . . . . the BBC's reply :-

"Thank you for contacting the BBC and for listening to BBC Radio 4. Firstly, we apologise for the delay in replying. We were also sorry to read you were unhappy at comments made in the news bulletin during The World At One on 27 October. In our headline about an antibody study carried out by Imperial College London, we incorrectly read out that 365 people took part instead of 365,000, and for that we apologise. This figure was read out correctly in other bulletins during the day. Please be assured that your concerns were sent to senior staff at BBC Radio 4 via our daily report.

Thanks again for taking the time to get in touch.
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MMmmmm  a soppy PR script but better than nothing - my 'happiness' not really the point, just that they can't bloody get it right, or close, that time and correct it at the end of that programme  :(
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