Media watchdog Ofcom has concluded the BBC committed ‘significant editorial failings’ in its reporting of an anti-Semitic attack on Jewish students travelling on a bus in London.
The body said its investigation found the broadcaster failed to observe its editorial guidelines to report news with ‘due accuracy and due impartiality’.
The incident on November 29, 2021 saw a group of about 40 young Jewish people aboard a Hanukkah party bus in London’s Oxford Street attacked by a group of men who swore, made obscene gestures and threw a shopping basket at them.
The incident was treated as a hate crime by police, but in its original report of the incident, BBC News said ‘racial slurs about Muslims could be heard inside the bus’.
Following BBC coverage on December 2, the Board of Deputies of British Jews and the Chief Rabbi were among a significant number of groups and individuals who complained to the broadcaster about the accuracy and impartiality of the coverage.
The BBC apologised for ‘not acting sooner to highlight that the content of the recording was contested’. But a spokesperson for the corporation tonight insisted that its report had not been in breach of the Broadcasting Code.
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