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Chair of BBC Trust will ensure PM’s complaint is ‘properly pursued’

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent, Feb. 27, IWN — The chair of the British Broadcasting Corp. (BBC) Trust says he will ensure that Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves’ complaint about two BBC journalists “is properly pursued through the BBC complaints process”.

Gonsalves wrote to Lord Chris Patten on Friday to complain about the “rude” and “unprofessional” approach of journalists Matthew Hill and Paul Kenyon when they questioned him in Barbados on Feb. 17 about an allegation.

They asked Gonsalves — aboard a landed aircraft — to respond to an allegation that investor Daves Ames had gone to his office with a bag of money and left without it.

“It is plainly wrong for Mr. Kenyon to peddle a wholly unfounded allegation against me and in the process sully my good name and that of my office. His allegation is false. Further, the unprofessional manner in which he accosted me is surely improper,” Gonsalves said in the letter to the BBC chair.

He further reiterated that he deserves the same level of respect accorded to any other prime minister in the world.

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“I am available to meet with you at any convenient time to discuss this matter further. In the meantime, I place the aforementioned issues into your hands for consideration and action,” Gonsalves said in the letter to the chair of the BBC Trust.

Patten, in his response on Wednesday, said he was “obviously concerned” about what Gonsalves had to say.

He, however, noted the role of the BBC Trust in handling complaints against the BBC.

“As you may know, the BBC Trust, which I chair, is a sovereign body of the BBC and its principal strategic authority. However, the Trust’s role is distinct from that of the BBC’s management and it has no responsibility for the day-to-day editorial decision or operational matters,” Patten wrote.

“The Trust does have a role in the BBC complaints process, but this is at the final stage, hearing complaints on appeal. I am therefore passing your letter straight away to the Acting Director-General, who is the Editor-in-Chief of the organisation, who will come back to you as soon as possible.”

Patten said that if Gonsalves is “unhappy with the BBC’s initial response to your complaint you can of course escalate your concerns.

“I have asked to be kept informed about what happens,” he further wrote.

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Meanwhile, Gonsalves, speaking at a press conference on Monday where he told journalists of his letter to Patten, said he would await a response before saying what he would consider to be satisfactory response from the BBC.

“I put all the issues, as I mentioned, in the hands of the BBC Trust for their consideration and any action. I leave it open-ended for them. I will hear from them what has happened and then I will say what I hear from them whether it is satisfactory to me or not. But I am not going to say in advance what is satisfactory to me,” the Prime Minister told reporters and radio and Internet audiences.

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3 thoughts on “Chair of BBC Trust will ensure PM’s complaint is ‘properly pursued’

  1. Gonsalves doesn’t want the international media to find out about his unsatisfactory performance against the people in SVG. He is trying to chase the BBC from SVG. Another Hitler style. If possible he will shut down any local media in SVG and may soon develop a regid army called the ULP army to monitor and suppress Vincentians. As far I am concern it seems like SVG have more backwards people than any where else in the caribbean to allow all this to happen. The other caribbean people don’t play, only vincentians waste time.! May God help them!

    Posted by profdasilva | February 28, 2013, 03:00
  2. That was more of the same NONSENSICAL BRAYING from PROFDASILVA, done to influence the GULLIBLE and NAIVE supporters of the NDP.

    That said; when everything is said and done, it will be rightly concluded that Arnhim Eustace and the NDP were in cohort with that BBC programme or its reporters to make Dr. Gonsalves and our blessed nation look bad in the eyes of the public, all done for political gains.

    Posted by VINCYPOWA | February 28, 2013, 11:53
  3. VINCYNEEDSASHOWERPOWA, you keep plugging away with all you false information, its no wonder that you are proven 98.5% wrong in everything you bring to this site.

    Arnhim Eustace never brought the BBC here and what they had they brought with them.

    The last thing Eustace does is bring disgrace and make our nation look bad, he leaves that to others who are more capable, and you must bare some of the blame for that also.

    Posted by peterbinose | March 4, 2013, 19:39

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