Decision Maker Response

BBC’s response

Jun 6, 2013 — “The BBC is committed to fair, balanced and impartial coverage of events around the world.

“The BBC has complete editorial independence over its programmes broadcast by NTV in Turkey. Following the start of protests in Turkey last week the BBC sought and received assurances from NTV that BBC programming would continue to be broadcast in full and without interference.

“NTV has apologised to its staff and viewers for not covering the protests in their early days and has reaffirmed its commitment to international standards of journalism, both to its viewers and to the BBC. NTV is now reporting all aspects of the protests in Turkey in its news coverage.

“At a time of considerable international concern about the situation in Turkey the BBC’s impartial service to audiences is vital. BBC coverage will continue to report a wide range of voices and viewpoints in our reporting of events in Turkey and worldwide. BBC news coverage is available on a range of platforms, including the website bbcturkce.com, and the BBC engages with Turkish audiences on Facebook, and Twitter.”