Ofcom finds in favour of the Kennel Club
Ofcom upheld parts of the Kennel Club’s complaint about unfair treatment, by saying that it was not given a timely and appropriate opportunity to respond to certain damaging allegations included in the programme. These included the implication that the Kennel Club covered up the nature of an operation carried out on a Crufts Best in Show winner.
Ofcom also found that contributions to the programme made by Professor Jeff Sampson, the Kennel Club’s senior scientific advisor and spokesman, did not fairly represent his views. It admitted that the material and extracts actually used in the programme did not fully or fairly reflect his considered responses in the lengthy interviews he gave to the programme makers.
The Ofcom Fairness Committee has directed the BBC to broadcast a summary of the finding of unfair treatment.
Read the full Ofcom judgment.