Earth-shattering moments

THERE are some news stories that remain with us forever and which define the times in which we live.

In my lifetime, it’s been Diana’s death and 9/11. In a previous generation it was JFK’s assassination.

For this generation it’s Jonathan Ross and Russell Brand’s phone call to Andrew Sachs. 

Just as well parliament’s not in recess or it would have to have been recalled.


Filed under Media, Society, Whimsy

14 responses to “Earth-shattering moments

  1. It must be really, really important; it was first item on Radio 4’s six and seven o’clock news. Who cares about carnage in the Congo or earthquakes in Pakistan eh?

    I bet you can remember where you were when you first heard about it…

  2. PS your blog clock seems still to be on summer-time or, horror of horrors, beastly foreign CET…

  3. Yeah, I noticed that this morning. Still trying to work out how to fix it.

    (Forty seconds later: I think I just fixed it.)

  4. John

    This issue is almost certainly newsworthy. A publiclly finded organisation allowed two morons to prank call a 78 year old man and make obscene remarks about his grandaughter.

    Idiots will laugh and think Ross and Brand have been hard done by. After all, nothing to it really is there? Blown out of all proportion?

    In which case, i’m sure those people will find it equally a non event if some of their ex partners called their grandfather to make some obscene remarks about them? What? No?

    Just because “Manuel” as a character was a joke, doesn’t mean that the actor is.

    They should both lose their jobs. Although very little has happened. Brand’s resigned with the biggest faux barely registerable apology i’ve ever seen, and Ross has just got a slap on the wrist. Diddums.

    I remember a certain TalkSport radio vereran losing his job because he expressed a political opinion on air, something we all know is a definate no no.

    What makes me more irritated is that the BBC is a publically funded organisation, and as such the public feel that the BBC should be somehwhat answerable to the court of public opinion. This is absolutely right.

    The BBC spokesman on the other hand have the temerity to speak out against this idea, and instead point out that they should be “just another broadcaster”. Well, if they want that, how about they BECOME “just another broadcaster” and stop charging the viewers of this country over £100 a year for merely owning a TV? Fight it out for advertising revenue with the rest of the media pack. No? Well shut up then and hold your employees to the standard everyone expects of a publically funded broadcaster.

  5. Johnny Norfolk

    I think its about time the BBC asks its paying customers what they think about the BBCs standards. The BBC is always holding phone ins and surveys. Why do they not do one for themselves when they send out the licence reminder and ASK what the public think. Its no good saying the ‘Have Your Say ‘ is the answer as it is not used by millions of their customers.
    They wont ask as they wont like the answer.
    If the BBC does not has standards why do we have it. I have stopped watching Mock the Week as I just find it disgusting.Its gone down the pan.

    Who runs the BBC certainly not the DG

  6. James

    The thing I noticed having read, seen and watched many people commenting on this, is the difference of opinion in the different generations. Most of the youger generation appear to think these two did nothing wrong whilst the older generation consider their actions vile and obscene.
    The BBC say that Ross is on his final warning. Personally I believe they the BBC, are too.

  7. David P

    Surely ratings are the only barometer of opinion necessary?

    If it isn’t very good or it offends you, don’t watch it. If enough people don’t watch it it will soon disappear from the schedule.

    The BBC obviously has to cater to the whole spectrum and in some instances it will unfortunately veer into the gutter.

    I am a huge fan of Ross (can take or leave Brand) and at the same time think that a mistake was made and that a real apology and some form of disciplinary action was needed but am alarmed at the public reaction. 400,000 people listened to the show and 2 complained about the use of the F-word. The story then gets Mail on Sunda-fied and the whole world goes insane.

    George Osborne is the luckiest man alive.

  8. David T

    Nicely put, Tom.

  9. davidc

    the jokes in faulty towers weren’t to poke fun at the germans or the spanish but at basil who was, is, very english (i know this is a hostage to fortune for all your scots posters).

    incidently given the racist abuse being directed at lewis hamilton via a spanish website hardly makes me too concerned if the spanish were, are, upset by the portrayal of manuel as confused at times.

  10. Joe

    I don’t understand why this is a big issue at all. I am inclined to believe it’s the old puritanical dinosaurs that miss radio 2 back in the good old days coming upon an opportunity to rebel once more.

    But the problem with this is that no matter what condemnation we here today radio/tv shows are successes or failure based upon viewer ship and you old dinosaurs aren’t getting any younger. Deal with it! Or better yet go to church and prey for us!

    Also, there have been much worse instances of bullying on tv and radio than this, at much earlier times no less, which leads me to the opinion that Mr Sachs age played a large part in this controversy. This lesson is we must all treat old people super nicely or all the other dinosaurs will have fits!!

  11. Jordan

    Why does the BBC ‘have to cater to the whole spectrum’? It’s supposed to be impartial and inform, educate and entertain – not be an enforced £135pa tax for partisan shoddy goods with some programmes geared towards the banal or the lewd.

    It should inform impartially;
    Educate upwards; and,
    Entertain wholesomely.

    Surely Ross’s natural home is on subscription-only Sky, not the BBC so that those who choose to view him may do so but not at the expense of every television owner in the UK.

  12. joe bonanno

    In my lifetime, it’s been Diana’s death and 9/11. In a previous generation it was JFK’s assassination.

    Were you really not born when JFK was assassinated? I mean…looking at you… don’t take this the wrong way, but you must have had a hard life.

  13. “The BBC obviously has to cater to the whole spectrum”

    No it doesn’t. This is the BBC’s standard reply to criticism of its unsavoury content. I’ve received the letters.

    As I say to them, if that’s the case, some people want child porn and snuff movies, so why aren’t they being catered for?

  14. Wyvern

    Anyone else coming away with such bile over the airwaves would be charged with a criminal offence, with a fine and the serious possibility of losing their license to transmit. However, if you are the BBC you have £3 billion budget, taken from the public under menaces. This enables them to have a whole set of friendly legislators, and what do you know, a free ticket, sections 3 and 4 here.

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