Monday, November 11, 2013

Wildlife presenter censured by the BBC for tweeting that those behind government's badger cull were 'brutalist thugs, liars and frauds'

Such an extreme rant borders on libel so the Beeb were right to pull him into line.  The badger cull is designed to reduce tubercular disease in cattle.  Badgers are carriers.  Animal lovers can become quite irrational

Wildlife presenter Chris Packham was reprimanded by the BBC for tweeting his views on the culling of badgers.

Mr Packham branded government officials 'brutalist thugs, liars and frauds' in a series of tweets.

He posted the tweets at the end of August on the eve of a cull to stop the spread of bovine tuberculosis.

Another one of the tweets read: 'I feel sick, sad disempowered, betrayed, angry and crushed by the corruption of all that I know is right.'

BBC bosses launched an investigation into the tweets following a complaint by the Countryside Alliance which claimed they went against BBC impartiality rules.

It found that Mr Packham breached a BBC voluntary code of conduct as the tweets were not politically neutral.



Anonymous said...

Bloody amazing when you compare this story to the one above.

Anonymous said...

This is a difficult area.
Can a person express a view that is not in harmony with the organisation they work for without retribution?
Looks like the answer is generally 'no'.