BBC reveals large amount of complaints it received following Panorama’s anti-Corbyn hit job

Jeremy Corbyn and BBC Panorama logo
Support us and go ad-free

A BBC document has revealed that the broadcaster received over 1,500 complaints concerning its Is Labour Anti-Semitic? episode of Panorama.

Panorama complaints

The BBC aired the episode on 10 July. The show met with frustration and anger, in light of alleged journalistic bias against Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party. But the media outlet refused to tell journalist Asa Winstanley how many people complained about the show, reportedly citing “journalistic exception to [Freedom of Information] FOI law”.

The BBC complaints service, however, publishes a fortnightly report.

For the dates 8-21 July, the report shows that the BBC received a total of 1,593 complaints concerning its Panorama episode. The main issue was defined as “bias against the Labour Party”. The only other show to receive over 100 complaints was The Andrew Neil Interviews.

BBC document

The number of Panorama complaints could be even higher, however, considering that the report only includes complaints received during the first 11 days after the show was first aired.

As well as complaining directly to the BBC, various journalists and Labour Party members have complained about the show publicly. The Media Reform Coalition, for example, condemned the episode as “a catalogue of reporting failures”. And The Canary published an investigation showing that certain Labour Party members contested key testimonies documented in the show.

Read on...

Support us and go ad-free

Featured image via screengrab/BBCPanorama

Support us and go ad-free

We need your help to keep speaking the truth

Every story that you have come to us with; each injustice you have asked us to investigate; every campaign we have fought; each of your unheard voices we amplified; we do this for you. We are making a difference on your behalf.

Our fight is your fight. You’ve supported our collective struggle every time you gave us a like; and every time you shared our work across social media. Now we need you to support us with a monthly donation.

We have published nearly 2,000 articles and over 50 films in 2021. And we want to do this and more in 2022 but we don’t have enough money to go on at this pace. So, if you value our work and want us to continue then please join us and be part of The Canary family.

In return, you get:

* Advert free reading experience
* Quarterly group video call with the Editor-in-Chief
* Behind the scenes monthly e-newsletter
* 20% discount in our shop

Almost all of our spending goes to the people who make The Canary’s content. So your contribution directly supports our writers and enables us to continue to do what we do: speaking truth, powered by you. We have weathered many attempts to shut us down and silence our vital opposition to an increasingly fascist government and right-wing mainstream media.

With your help we can continue:

* Holding political and state power to account
* Advocating for the people the system marginalises
* Being a media outlet that upholds the highest standards
* Campaigning on the issues others won’t
* Putting your lives central to everything we do

We are a drop of truth in an ocean of deceit. But we can’t do this without your support. So please, can you help us continue the fight?

The Canary Support us