Sunday 28 January 2018

Brian Rix returns...

If you remember a post from a couple of nights ago concerning the BBC News website's farcical misreporting of the 'BBC pay cut for male stars' story - a single report that:
  • first reported four names (Jeremy Vine, John Humphrys, Huw Edwards and Jon Sopel); then added another name (Nicky Campbell); then dropped the first four names (Jeremy Vine, John Humphrys, Huw Edwards and Jon Sopel) leaving the added name (Nicky Campbell) as the sole patsy; then reinstated the dropped names after the patsy's name; then put the dropped names back before the patsy; and then added a sixth name (Nick Robinson).
  • described Jeremy Vine inaccurately as a "news presenter".
  • wrongly attributed to John Humphrys a quote that was actually from Jeremy Vine.  
Well the comedy of errors gets even worse! (h/t Thoughtful at Biased BBC). 

Later versions of the report began like this:

Unfortunately, as the Times (and other newspapers) pointed out yesterday. Jon Sopel had not agreed to a pay cut:

You'd have to have a heart of stone not to laugh!

1 comment:

  1. I especially liked the BBC Media Editor Amol not knowing or, if he did, running BBC Press Office PR anyway and hoping no one would notice.


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