AN OPEN LETTER TO THE SENIOR MANAGEMENT OF THE BBC

Dear Sirs and Madams

I wish to complain about the current climate of censorship and internal fear which is becoming more than visible to the general public and license payer.

In the last two weeks I have heard of people from being banned from sayings certain words incase they might be offensive. These have included:

  • Calling a female dog a ‘bitch’ on morning radio show, where the presenter, much to the aghast of the interviewee and the listener, apologized for this ‘offensive word’.
  • A recent interviewee on BBC Breakfast was unable to promote the title of his book because it contained the word ‘tit’, which was reference to the a type of bird (bearded tit).

I could continue, but I do think this situation is becoming absolutely absurd. How many more words are we to ban or censor? Will we no longer hear about the Blue Tit?

I think that these, or any ‘words’ in the correct context, should never be censored. Saying a bird (or even a book!) ‘Bearded Tit’, or that dog is a ‘bitch’, even if they are meant as double meanings, should be allowed without fear or censorship.

I believe in treating people with respect, so could the BBC please treat the majority of its license fee payers with the respect we deserve and not treat us all with the timidity that we are witnessing of late.

Yours faithfully

Peter J Nicholls

1 thought on “AN OPEN LETTER TO THE SENIOR MANAGEMENT OF THE BBC

  1. A well put together letter Peter. A couple of points from it:
    1. It strikes me that much of the PC sensitivity is biased and only embraces a minority of the population. Most people are not all that bothered or offended
    2.We’re all becoming rather afraid of saying the wrong thing but what are we actually afraid of? Offending people? Not very likely and soon put right if it does happen simply by treating people with respect. Embarrassing ourselves? This is most likely to occur because of people’s response when we’ve said the ‘wrong’ thing? That feels a bit shallow but there’s probably a lot of truth in it as we all generally want to be liked by people

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