Broadcasting Watchdog Rejects Complaints Against BBC Scotland Story

A series of complaints about a story reported by both BBC Scotland and BBC Radio Scotland have been rejected by the broadcasting watchdog, Ofcom.

In its regular bulletin summarising complaints made to it and its adjudications, Ofcom today records it upheld none of the complaints – made by Michael McCann MP and a James Kean – against the programmes, which all centred on the extent to which the former had declared a relationship with the latter, described by Ofcom as a “property developer and Labour Party donor”.

The complaints were as follows:

Complaint by Mr Michael McCann MP – The Investigation: Donations, Dinners and Deals, BBC Radio Scotland, February 27 2011

Complaint by Mr Michael McCann MP on his own behalf and on behalf of his daughter – Newsnight Scotland, BBC2 Scotland, February 23 2011

Complaint by Mr Michael McCann MP on his own behalf and on behalf of his daughter – Reporting Scotland, BBC1 Scotland, February 23 2011

Complaint by Mr James Kean – The Investigation: Donations, Dinners and Deals, BBC Radio Scotland, February 27 2011

Complaint by Mr James Kean – Newsnight Scotland, BBC2 Scotland, February 23 2011

Complaint by Mr James Kean – Reporting Scotland, BBC1 Scotland, February 23 2011

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