Dear Mr Thomas
Thanks for commenting on The World Tonight.
I obviously take issue with the idea that the World Tonight – or BBC News in general – has shown “overwhelming bias” on the Catalonia story.
I can only speak in detail about my own programme:
We have conducted numerous interviews over the last few weeks, taking care to reflect both sides of the argument, both within Catalonia and Spain.
For example – Alfred Bosch, Raul Romeva, and Josep Maria Terricabras have spoken for the pro-independence side
But so have Jose Ramon Garcia Hernandez, Francisco Martinez Vazquez, and Antonio Lopez Isturiz White on the pro-union side.
The Catalan MEP Ramon Tremosa was not given a “free platform” last night, nor was it a “party political broadcast” or “unchallenged propaganda” :
We put it to him that the judge had no other choice but to take action against the Catalan leaders, and suggested that the referendum was both illegal and in contravention of a ruling by the Spanish Constitutional Court.
We also asked him if it was a good idea that Carlos Puigdemont had gone to Brussels – and pointed out that not everyone on the pro-independence side of the argument thought that trip had been a good idea.
We routinely cover stories – on any particular day – without doing extensive interviews on both sides of an argument
That’s because I use experienced and intelligent presenters who put the criticisms and views of the other side, to individual guests
Please do keep listening – it is much appreciated
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