Saturday 12 September 2015

#refugees welcome

BBC senior Newsgathering producer Tony Brown is on Twitter (aren't they all?), clearly marking himself as being 'BBC' on his Twitter feed:

Tony has had a day off work today, but he hasn't been relaxing at home. No, he's been busy marching in London in 'solidarity' with 'refugees' - and (inevitably) he's been tweeting about it too:

At this point in the story our old friend DB enters the frame, asking Tony a question:

Tony responds (sensing some danger, I think):

DB then quotes the BBC's own editorial guidelines at him:

Tony, doubtless caught up in the heat of the moment, remains oblivious to the danger:

DB responds:

And the discussion goes on:

The BBC editorial guidelines DB refers Tony Brown to are:
Similarly, the BBC must remain independent and distanced from government initiatives, campaigners, charities and their agendas, no matter how apparently worthy the cause or how much their message appears to be accepted or uncontroversial.
Presenters, reporters and correspondents are the public face and voice of the BBC - they can have a significant impact on perceptions of whether due impartiality has been achieved.  Our audiences should not be able to tell from BBC output the personal prejudices of our journalists or news and current affairs presenters on matters of public policy, political or industrial controversy, or on 'controversial subjects' in any other area. They may provide professional judgements, rooted in evidence, but may not express personal views in BBC output, including online, on such matters.
The story continues....


  1. Like the 'let's keep this grown up' desperation.

    He should have gone with the tried and trusted 'tedious', which wins over so many.

    He may claim 'no, no, no', but his hash tags rather suggest he's full of it.

    Be interesting what he leaves at which door on Monday.

    1. Lose the ball... Play the man.. That 'grown up' ' comment is Mo Ansar passive aggressive twitterati default

  2. Christmas has come early this year. The 'refugee' crisis, and now Comrade Corbyn, the license fee review, budget cuts, redundancies, pay freezes......

    It's all a boiler room for them these days, and I think we'll see more outrageous behavior than usual.

  3. I was just about to home in on the "lets keep this grown up" bit when I read Peter. I mean, what could be more infantile, immature and less grown up than the BBC ?


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