David Cameron was criticised for claiming that 43% of EU migrants claim benefits of some kind in the first four years they are in the UK [Image: Reuters].

David Cameron was criticised for claiming that 43% of EU migrants claim benefits of some kind in the first four years they are in the UK [Image: Reuters].

So there you have it.

The BBC relies on the Conservative Party for 73 per cent of its statistics, fails to mention the context in which those statistics are set, and fails to challenge them where necessary.

I know this is nothing new to anybody but…

So much for BBC impartiality.

The BBC has a “high dependency” on the governing party for statistics, with Conservatives representing nearly three-quarters of all statistics it cites from politicians, according to a report by the corporation’s governing body.

A BBC Trust report investigating the impartiality of the way the BBC cites statistics also said that the corporation’s journalism needed to do more to “go beyond the headlines” and be more wary of reporting figures “straight from a press release”.

The wide-ranging 84-page report, Making Sense of Statistics, used the Cardiff School of Journalism to conduct an in-depth study of mentions of statistics on the BBC, including looking at specific issues such as migration, health and the junior doctors’ strike. It did not cover the period of the EU referendum.

“It is reasonable to expect the BBC to cover statements which the UK or devolved governments make,” said the report, which was led by the former head of the Government Statistical Service, Dame Jil Matheson.

“However, as Cardiff’s content analysis points out, it does make it vital that those statements are challenged where necessary so that the impartiality of the BBC’s coverage of political affairs is not affected.”

Source: ‘BBC has high dependency on Tory government for statistics’ | Media | The Guardian

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