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Radio 2 controller has resigned

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MacdogOnElmStreet Thu 30-Oct-08 17:58:59

Lesley Douglas has resigned
No link yet, just on ticker on bbc site

RubyShivers Thu 30-Oct-08 17:59:52

she said she would if she felt that ROss and Brand were being "scapegoated"

MacdogOnElmStreet Thu 30-Oct-08 18:01:23

story here

Cauldronfrau Thu 30-Oct-08 18:02:24

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

poppy34 Thu 30-Oct-08 18:07:21

is it just me who finds this a bit depressing? I know that the incident raises questions (not least about editorial control) but it seems to have ended in some daily mail type witch hunt. I find this depressing as it seems to indicate an era of bbc broadcasting wall to wall dickens re runs, antiques roadshow and strictly come dancing..

Also couldn't agree more with posts on other threads re news time this has taken up - wtf was fact we've moved away from fiscal rules set up in 1997 doing on as THIRD news item after this shite yesterday.

clumsymum Thu 30-Oct-08 18:07:25

I don't think they were 'scapegoated' (not a real word). I think they were at best immature, at worst boorish, rude and disrespectful, and just allowed themselves to get carried away. What made it worse was that it was broadcast. But it was unpleasant stuff to put on anyone's answering machine, even if it had remained private.

The radio is wittering on about 'edgy comedy'. Well bad manners, rudeness etc isn't funny, no matter who does it.

Has the editor who let this thing go thru' to air gone too, I wonder?

clumsymum Thu 30-Oct-08 18:09:09

Ah, yes Poppy, well the govt will be more than happy for the media to use this to push the economy etc down the news priorities, won't they.

poppy34 Thu 30-Oct-08 18:22:06

v.true clumsymum.. and good point re the editor.. althoguh may say something in full statement

cocoleBOO Thu 30-Oct-08 18:27:30

JR is suspended without pay for 3 months.

Pennies Thu 30-Oct-08 18:36:11

Hmm, well as JR was the one who initially started this then the fact that he hasn't fallen on his sword shows just what type of guy he is. Brand and Douglas have at least done something honorable, but he just gets a small holiday. I suspect that with the millions he's already earned this will be no hardship.

morningpaper Thu 30-Oct-08 18:39:23

very sad day for British comedy

The BBC won't want to take risks now with the edgy paradigm breaking stuff

It will get blaaand, you'll have to see if being FILMED if you want anything actually funny

What they said was not REMOTELY as offensive as the sort of stuff that comes out on Mock the Week


clumsymum Thu 30-Oct-08 19:01:50

oh come on, a guy bragging about shagging someone isn't funny even when it's among bloke's in the pub.

UniversallyChallenged Thu 30-Oct-08 19:05:14

True MP - but Mock the Week doesnt put on on an elderly gents answerphone and do it not once but 3 times

morningpaper Thu 30-Oct-08 19:07:53

WTF is all this "elderly gent" crap? It's really patronising. Do you think old men are somehow feeble minded or more easily offended than the rest of the world?

dittany Thu 30-Oct-08 19:10:31

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UniversallyChallenged Thu 30-Oct-08 19:12:31


Ok then i will break it down.
Elderly - in his 70s
Gent - if you see his interview about it he is calm, reasonable and a gentleman.

When did "elderly gent" become a patronising term?

izyboy Thu 30-Oct-08 19:13:33

Dittany out of interest - what would you describe as ground breaking comedy? I just wonder if we share the same humour? It really it quite a subjective thing isn't it?

morningpaper Thu 30-Oct-08 19:13:44

WTF has his age got anything to do with it?

lou031205 Thu 30-Oct-08 19:14:31

Well, from the news reports, he was offended, elderly or not. So they stuffed up. Badly. And 18000 complaints is no small number.

izyboy Thu 30-Oct-08 19:15:42

lou 'band' and 'wagon' springs to mind

dittany Thu 30-Oct-08 19:16:24

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Upwind Thu 30-Oct-08 19:17:28

"very sad day for British comedy

The BBC won't want to take risks now with the edgy paradigm breaking stuff"

Yes, bullying, harassment, misogyny all so very "edgy"

"What they said was not REMOTELY as offensive as the sort of stuff that comes out on Mock the Week "

Such as? Mock the week is genuinely very funny. That is an example of quality comedy.

izyboy Thu 30-Oct-08 19:18:54

To be honest I have not listened in full to the messages so really wouldn't want to comment on the 'subtlies' of the humour therein! lol

morningpaper Thu 30-Oct-08 19:19:14

I dread the day when the Sun discovers the filth we write on here

Justine will have to rifle through thousands of letters of complaint

morningpaper Thu 30-Oct-08 19:20:40

"the Queen's pussy is now so old it's haunted!"

Frankie Boyle on Mock the Week

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