Pickles: BBC jubilee coverage was “mind-numbingly stupid”
We’ve got an interview in tomorrow’s Independent on Sunday with Eric Pickles, the Community Secretary, on his plans to tackle Britain’s 120,000 problem families.
But meeting him on Thursday, I couldn’t avoid asking him about the jubilee, and the BBC’s coverage.
He revealed it was on in the background while he hosted a party at Downing Street, but he switched to watching Sky News when he got home. Here is the full quote:
“The BBC coverage was, what’s a nice way of putting it… I can’t find a way… It was just mind-numbingly stupid. You found yourself shouting at the television… ‘no that is wrong. Even I know that is wrong’. You want to see the boats. It would be rather good if they knew something about the boats.”
Even the coverage of the service from St Paul’s Cathedral was “vaguely irritating”, he said, adding that he hoped the BBC’s Olympics presenters would be better informed. “I do hope they have taken this to heart and that when we get the 100m final, we’ve got somebody on who knows something abut running.”
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