BBC against cycling

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by cupoftea, 15 Aug 2007.

  1. cupoftea

    cupoftea New Member

    The BBC have decided to warn a Blue Peter presenter for appearing at a pro cyling press conference with London mayor Ken Livingstone

    It's good to know where the BBC stand

    I suppose this clears the air with the whole 606 forum, and why they did it.
  2. Regulator

    Regulator Scourge of stale, pale, male snowflakes.

    NO - the BBC told her she shouldn't be attending a political event (not a cycling event) as it breached their neutrality requirements. Given that she ignored her bosses and that Ken Livingstone then went on to make some unnecessarily snide political comments whilst she was on stage with him, it's not surprising the BBC are pissed off.
  3. Arch

    Arch Married to Night Train

    Salford, UK

    Yup, that's how I read it.
  4. CotterPin

    CotterPin Senior Member

    So will this mean that the Hovis Freewheel event is political and anyone who attends is a pawn in the mayor's hands? Have there not been other occasions when BBC presenters have appeared on platforms with politicians to promote events?

    This sounds like a traditional Brian Coleman rent-a-rant (who I believe has something of an anti-cycling track record).
  5. Regulator

    Regulator Scourge of stale, pale, male snowflakes.

    "It was felt that the BBC and the programme should not be linked with anything that might be construed as campaigning, and that this campaign potentially fell into that bracket."
    (From Mark Byford's letter)

    The BBC were astute enough to know that Ken would not be able to resist using what should have been an apolitical launch as a political platform, particularly as he is a non-cyclist with a cyclist (Boris Johnson) challenging him politically. They were right.
  6. Cab

    Cab New Member

    So if an event is pro-cycling but attended by a politician, BBC childrens presenters shouldn't attend becayuse the politician can't be trusted to keep his gob shut? Sorry, but thats quite clearly a load of balls.
  7. Keith Oates

    Keith Oates Janner

    Penarth, Wales
    Seems to me the Beeb are being overly cautious!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  8. wafflycat

    wafflycat New Member

    middle of Norfolk
  9. zimzum42

    zimzum42 Legendary Member

    Ken used the platform he had to make political statements. simple. she should not have been there.
  10. zimzum42

    zimzum42 Legendary Member

    Jokey banter, like the nazi camp commander thing?

    Ken should really have a think, if that's not political point scoring, then i don't know what is........
  11. Regulator

    Regulator Scourge of stale, pale, male snowflakes.

    My comments on Ken's letter to the Times has been published:

  12. HJ

    HJ Cycling in Scotland

    Auld Reekie
    Seems to be rather a parochial issue. Although it would be a good idea to increase the level of cycling in an area which has the lowest level of regular cyclist in the UK.
  13. Cab

    Cab New Member

    Ridiculous. Because someone else chose to make it political a celebrity whos say might sway children to take up cycling shouldn't be there? Whatever happened to the greater good?
  14. zimzum42

    zimzum42 Legendary Member

    It's not so much that she shouldn't have been there, but he should not have said anything political.........
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