BBC Trimble-ing in its Boots after University Challenge Spat

“‘We understand the allegations made and are taking the issue seriously. However we need time to investigate fully, so we will do so and report our findings early next week.’ Anyone would think the BBC’s press office was faced with another Sachsgate after Auntie issued that statement today … At one time, the BBC might have shrugged off such a charge as trivial, but paranoia and a poor sense of perspective have crept in. After all, Kay’s hardly an Oxford don: he was still a student during the first two rounds, and has since been working for Price Waterhouse Coopers. Maybe the accountancy firm’s renowned atmosphere of literary and scientific self-improvement did give him an unfair advantage though …” (more)

[Nicholas Johnstone, BBC: Public Surface Broadcaster, 1 March]

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