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British Broadcasting Corporations v Persons Unknown

DATE: 04 Aug 2014

This case concerned a complaint of bias against the BBC for its news coverage of the situation in Gaza. The complainants organised an occupational protest at Broadcasting House in Bristol, a city which has links with Palestine. The case concerned the public role of the BBC and whether it was to be treated as a public body when making decisions in connection with its property holdings. In particular, the court had to decide whether it was to be treated as being in the same position as a private landowner when recovering possession of one of its properties from persons with a grievance relating to its public broadcasting duties.