Commenting on the finding of the BBC Trust Editorial Standards Committee on the making of “Panorama: North Korea Undercover”, and the apology sent to LSE by the BBC Executive, the Director of the London School of Economics and Political Science, Professor Craig Calhoun, said:
“LSE welcomes the finding of the Editorial Standards Committee and the letter of apology issued to the School by the BBC Executive.
The committee highlighted a number of breaches in BBC guidelines in the making of this programme, for which the Executive has apologised. These breaches include the following:
the use of LSE's address details on the North Korea visa applications was inappropriate and this, combined with a number of other factors, risked linking LSE with the trip and resulted in unfair treatment;
the provision of information to the students who took part in the trip to North Korea was insufficient and inadequate and therefore student x, the daughter of one of the complainants alongside LSE, did not possess the knowledge that was necessary for her to give informed consent.
LSE would like to confirm its strong support for the production of programmes in the public interest and for journalists working to highlight important issues in dangerous parts of the world."
The full finding of the BBC Editorial Standards Committee is available to view here: Panorama: North Korea Undercover, BBC1, 15 April 2013, 8.30pm
The letter of apology from the BBC Executive is available to view here:Letter from BBC Executive to Peter-Sutherland March 2014
17 March 2014