BBC clears show of bullying claims

A BBC management investigation has found no evidence to support allegations of bullying on daytime programme Working Lunch.

Journalists have expressed their dismay at the finding of the inquiry, which was carried out by head of political programmes and news management board member Fran Unsworth.

She is understood to have interviewed up to 20 people but declined to discuss her findings with Press Gazette, insisting it was a “private matter” for the corporation.

A source said: “People are worried that all the incidences they’ve outlined will be swept under the carpet.”

Another journalist close to the case said those affected had believed the evidence “would lead to no other conclusion than that there was inappropriate behaviour in the department”.

He added: “For the BBC to come out against it shakes any confidence people may have had in the process.”

Others said the investigation was “better than nothing”, but would wait to see what happened.

“The BBC says it wants to clamp down on bullying, yet it still has an amazingly successful record at defending grievances,” a journalist said.

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