BBC complains about Moving Target!
20.03.09 by Buffalo Bill
Just received this email:
My name is XXXX XXXXX from the BBC’s Complaints team in White City.
I’m dealing with a complaint about a posting by a user identifying themselves as “JoAnne Good” on your website here.
This posting is not from BBC London’s JoAnne Good and, as I am sure you will agree, is rather offensive therefore we do not wish it to remain.
I would therefore request that this posting be removed from your website or alternatively that the user concerned changes their username so that no confusion can arise as to the identity of the poster.
Please could you arrange this and let me know?
Many thanks, XXXXX
XXXXX XXXXXX Complaints Co-ordinator
Naturally, I complied, not wishing to get into Auntie’s bad books:
I agree that JoAnne is quite offensive, and I agree that she should not remain on the BBC. But I rather think that is a matter for the BBC, don’t you?
PS I’ll change the user name on the comment that you refer to, even though it should be obvious that the comment was satirical, and only a very obtuse person could possibly imagine that it was meant in any other sense.
And received the following email by return:
Hi Bill, many thanks for your note!
I agree that it’s abundantly clear that it is a satirical comment – nevertheless, the BBC has received a complaint on the matter therefore we’re obliged to act…
Many thanks for your help here – I very much appreciate it.
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