BBC clarifies appeals procedure

Previous correspondence here and here.

From:  Robert Stuart
Sent: 19 August 2015 13:15:03
To: ECUdl@bbc.co.uk (ecudl@bbc.co.uk)
Cc: TrustEditorial@bbc.co.uk (trusteditorial@bbc.co.uk); trust.editorial@bbc.co.uk (trust.editorial@bbc.co.uk)

Dear Mr Steel

Thank you for your reply and clarification.

I have now received an email from the BBC Trust (attached) advising me that they will consider my request for a final appeal on the basis of the points referenced in my email of 10 August below. It therefore appears I need take no further action, at least prior to receiving the Trust’s decision sometime before 6 October 2015.

Yours sincerely

Robert Stuart
https://bbcpanoramasavingsyriaschildren.wordpress.com/


From: ECUdl@bbc.co.uk
To: Robert Stuart
Subject: RE: Your complaint to the Editorial Complaints Unit
Date: Mon, 10 Aug 2015 16:28:42 +0000

Dear Mr Stuart

As I’d provided you with the information about appealing to the Trust on a previous occasion, I assumed that you would take it as applying in this instance.  I apologise for my incorrect assumption.  For the avoidance of doubt, I confirm that the information does apply, and that the procedure is the same as when you previously lodged an appeal.  Please take the time limit as being 20 working days from today’s date.  I should make clear, however that there’s no question of a “rush to publish [the ECU’s] final decision online without offering the ESC the opportunity to review it”.  It’s standard practice to publish a summary of the ECU’s finding (in cases where the complaint has been upheld or resolved) irrespective of whether an appeal is to be lodged, and the Editorial Standards Committee expects us to do so in a timely manner.  In the event that the Committee reaches a different finding, the publication of that finding in the relevant online bulletin would supersede the ECU finding.

Thank you for drawing our concerns about the headline to the website owners.  I note your point that any further concerns should be pursued with them.

Yours sincerely

Fraser Steel

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