We now know of at least one letter of complaint to a media proprietor from OFMDFM, and on Stormont Live the UUP’s Danny Kennedy responded to the “very unsatisfactory reply” [see below the fold] to his written question about such complaints. There were some comments about that letter noted at the weekend and in this clip he also points out that some Executive Ministers had no knowledge of any representations or letters. Which partially answers some of the questions I had put here.
Here’s the written question and answer referred to above.
Mr D Kennedy asked the Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister to detail when it has complained to the media about coverage of the Department or the Executive, including (i) to whom it complained; and (ii) on what grounds it complained.
Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister:
The Executive Information Service (EIS) on behalf of the Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister is in daily contact with a wide range of media outlets to discuss media coverage of the Department and the Executive.
EIS regularly exercises its right to complain about media coverage that it feels is either inaccurate, misrepresentative or which it feels is unduly negative or unfair.