Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Prats of The Week - The BBC
This week it goes to Auntie (ie the BBC).
Just ask Baroness Bakewell, who is campaigning to have a statue of George Orwell erected (can I say "erected"?) in the piazza outside of the new Broadcasting House.
It is a good idea, Orwell warned of the dangers of communism and (via 1984 and Animal Farm) gave us a chilling vision of what the future might look like under a totalitarian regime where every communication was monitored and our daily lives subjected to state control and intrusion.
Orwell also worked as a BBC journalist, producing radio programmes at Broadcasting House during the Second World War before leaving to publish Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four.
So why have I nominated the BBC for my award?
Well it seems that the BBC don't want to have an erection in the piazza, even though the cost would be covered by donations.
Mark Thompson, the Corporation’s outgoing director general, said the statue could not be erected on BBC premises because Orwell was “too Left-wing”.
Lady Bakewell is quoted in the Telegraph:
“I met Mark Thompson at a BBC reception and mentioned the project. He said, 'Oh no, Joan, we can’t possibly. It’s far too Left-wing an idea’.”Could it be that the BBC is still smarting from the fact that Orwell based Room 101 on a conference room at Broadcasting House, where he attended staff meetings?
The BBC, well deserving Prats of The Week!
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