Jun 24 2012
Sorry seems to be the hardest word for Mark Thompson, the director-general of the BBC, when it comes to its widely criticised coverage of the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant. The corporation is, however, happy to apologise over its treatment of one of its most controversial former employees.
Mandrake can disclose that the BBC has issued a mea culpa after one of David Icke’s followers complained that the former sports presenter had not been invited to be a panellist on Question Time.
After he left the corporation, Icke became an author and public speaker who propagates his conspiracy theories that the world is controlled by a secret group of reptilian humanoids, who include the Queen, the former American president George W Bush and Tony Blair.
One of Icke’s adherents wrote to the producers of Question Time asking why he had not been invited on to its panel. Brendan Miller, one of the producers, replied, in capital letters: “My masters from Planet Zog say no.”
Now, however, a BBC spokesman tells me: We acknowledge that the tone of our emailed response, from a member of the programme’s production team, was inappropriate and we apologise.”
It is not the first time that the broadcaster has made an unlikely apology to a controversial former employee. Last October, it said sorry to Jonathan King, the impresario, who was jailed for sex offences against boys aged 14 and 15, after the former presenter was cut out of a repeat of Top of the Pops.
While this may appear to be an apology it has to be said that as apologies go it is a pretty pathetic attempt. The article makes no mention of the ever growing in numbers petition to get DI an appearance on the show. Neither does it make mention of just how popular DI is and the excellent work that he has done over the years. It does however make mention of his more controversial views, which unless the reader has read them in there entirety will sound like the rantings of a crazy man. Further more,for the article to make mention of the BBC also having apologised in the past to the Slimeball paedophile Jonathen King can only have been done to try and get the reader to associate the Researcher with the Kiddie fiddler. After all, these 2 are not the only 2 controversial characters the BBC has had to apologise to… The BBC is a disgrace to the country… Dont pay your Licence fee. The Telegraph is a disgrace to journalism as a whole.