Countryfile II

On Sunday, we blogged about the film that we had given to the BBC’s Countryfile programme which, we claimed, showed clear lawbreaking by the Mid Devon Foxhounds and the Quantock Staghounds. Having spent several hours working with the programme team, you can imagine how disappointed we were to find that the film wasn’t broadcast.

Our immediate assumption was that the hunters – or one of their mouthpiece organisations – had obtained an injunction or taken other legal action preventing its broadcast. And so we were shocked to discover, as we did yesterday, that it was the BBC’s own internal rules that prevented broadcast.

In essence, the BBC’s Editorial Guidelines – upon which we all rely for Auntie’s impartiality – stifled the broadcast on two counts, one on ‘secret recording for news and factual programmes’ and the other on ‘secret recording‘. We think both are unnecessarily restrictive and so will be making representations to various senior and official appropriate bodies over coming days. In essence, we believe that these Guidelines (which, in their current format, are still in infancy) go much, much further than is necessary for the public benefit.

Watch this space. In the meantime, watch the films in this space.

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    […] RSPCA (which causes some puzzlement here at League HQ, coming only weeks after the same programme refused to use our footage). It featured men convicted of offences against badgers – including offences under the […]

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