Ofcom: BBC Radio 4 'Today' Segment Not Unfair To Lord Ashcroft
June 21, 2010 at 3:43 PM (PT)
U.K, radio regulator OFCOM has rejected CONSERVATIVE PARTY Deputy Chairman LORD ASHCROFT's complaint that the "Yesterday in Parliament" segment of the DECEMBER 17, 2009 edition of BBC RADIO 4's "TODAY" was unfair to him.
LORD ASHCROFT filed the complaint through his lawyers HARBOTTLE AND LEWIS LLP alleging that the show "wrongly and unfairly stated that during Prime Minister’s Question Time the Liberal Democrats had accused LORD ASHCROFT of tax evasion and therefore implied that he was guilty of a criminal offence" and that the show failed to give him an "appropriate opportunity" to respond.
OFCOM ruled that "the report provided a fair reflection of the discussion during Prime Minister’s Question Time and, taken as whole, made clear that, while the Liberal Democrats had initially raised a question about tax evasion, they had not in fact accused LORD ASHCROFT of tax evasion. Instead the report correctly and fairly presented the fact that the Liberal Democrats had accused LORD ASHCROFT of avoiding paying tax in the UK on overseas earnings."
LORD ASHCROFT disclosed in MARCH that he does not pay U.K. tax on his earnings outside BRITAIN. He made the disclosure in response to questions about whether he claimed "non-domiciled" status in the U.K. for tax purposes.