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Sunday, 20 January 2013

BBC tastelessness

You would have thought that the BBC would by now have managed to ask all their producers to advise them of what footage of, or references to, Jimmy Savile they had in their programmes and to have instructed them not broadcast said programmes. That's what a responsible, efficient organisation with income in the £billions would do, hell it's what I would have organised in companies with turnover in the low £millions.

However the BBC seems not to have been able to manage even that simple task.

The BBC report that:
'CBeebies has apologised after a character from the children's TV programme The Tweenies appeared dressed as disgraced TV presenter Jimmy Savile.

The episode, which was filmed in 2001, was shown on the BBC before 0900 GMT.

In the scene, the character Max appeared in a blonde wig, wearing Savile's trademark tracksuits and using his accent and catchphrases.

Police say DJ and presenter Savile sexually abused hundreds of people during 60 years in entertainment.

The BBC said: "This morning CBeebies broadcast a repeat of an episode of the Tweenies, originally made in 2001, featuring a character dressed as a DJ impersonating Jimmy Savile. This programme will not be repeated and we are very sorry for any offence caused."

The episode, featured the character Max presenting a Top Of The Pops-style programme. He was wearing a wig and used Savile's familiar catchphrase: "Now then, guys and gals."

The gaffe was picked up by fans on social networking sites such as Twitter.

Glenn Ebray tweeted: "Dear CBeebies, I'm not sure this was a good choice of DJ to impersonate on The Tweenies today."

Kenny Senior wrote "Are BBC trying to self destruct? Max from Tweenies dressed as Jimmy Savile just now nearly chokes on my cornflakes."'
The BBC - irresponsible, inefficient and just plain incompetent.

1 comment:

Alex said...

The BBC might also like to explain how this Savile joke got through on a repeat of HIGNFY:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01qckq9/Have_I_Got_Old_News_For_You_Series_43_Episode_2/?t=25m56s

Given that this was first broadcast before the Olympics, the BBC might like to comment on the host's knowing smirk.