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3.1.08

BBC respondes to Celtic Leagues concerns

The Chairman of the BBC, Michael Lyons, has said that he is "sorry to learn" that the Celtic League has reservations of the Corporations coverage of political developments that have taken place in the Celtic countries in recent years.

He was responding to correspondence sent to him by the Leagues General Secretary, Rhisiart Tal-e-bot, in November.

A copy of the letter from Michael Lyons is set out below:

13 December 2007

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Dear Rhisiart

Thank you for your letter of 22 November, received on 3 December, regarding the Trust's recently announced impartiality review into the BBC's network news coverage of the four UK nations.

I am sorry to learn that you feel that the BBC has largely ignored the political developments that have taken place in the Celtic nations over the past ten years. I am passing your letter to the project author, Professor Antony King, and the Project Director, Mike Robinson, for their information as they undertake the review.

I am enclosing some further details about the review for your reference. As you will see, the subject of the review was chosen following feedback from the Trust's Audience Councils and audience research. Concerns about issues such as a lack of representation of the nations on network programmes, and insufficient focus on the news from the devolved nations on network news, have been regularly raised to the Trust.

Thank you for making me aware of your concerns.

Sir Michael Lyons
Chairman

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