Thursday 5 February 2009

BBC defends itself on BBC over Carol Thatcher 'Golligate' row

At last. BBC controller Jay Hunt went on BBC Radio 4's Today programme this morning to defend the axing of Carol Thatcher from The One Show for describing a black tennis player as "a golliwog".
Hunt made several points. She claimed Thatcher's remarks were "totally inappropriate"; were said in front of 12 people; were made in a BBC green room, which Hunt said was a BBC workspace; and she was given an opportunity to make a full apology but declined saying her remark was a joke. Hunt said Thatcher could and would work for other parts of the BBC but not The One Show.
A robust defence and a contrast to yesterday when John Humphrys said no-one from the BBC was prepared to go on the programme to discuss the affair.

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