The Beeb’s Jubilee ‘Lite’ was a right, Royal cock-up

Nobody does pageantry like the British and, until now, no-one has been able to provide coverage of it quite like the BBC…until The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, that is.

The overall verdict of Auntie’s dumbed-down broadcasting of HM-the-Q’s bash – or HRH, to which one of the Beeb nerds relegated her – was ‘nul point’ or, televisually speaking, probably the biggest cock-up since Mons.

Sky and ITV, whose reporters (as opposed to the BBC’s haughty ‘correspondent’) had done their homework assiduously and stuck to the facts and appropriate imagery, won by a nautical mile, especially when it came to live coverage of the epic Thames flotilla, for most viewers the highlight of the bank holiday proceedings.

So where was the sombre, dignified and hugely informative David Dimbleby – his late dad, Richard, doyen of state occasion commentators, must have been spinning in his grave like a whirling Dervish – when you needed him? Or an Andrew Marr, John Simpson, Nick Robinson, even the weasel-faced Nicholas Witchell? Indeed, anyone with the gravitas to match the grandeur?

No, this was to be Diamond Jubilee ‘Lite’, The One Show version, led by the affable but puerile Matt Baker and Sophie Raworth, who has never quite cut the mustard the way the late Jill Dando could. Worse, it was littered with D-List celebs, as exemplified by ‘yoof’ presenter Ferne Cotton (Who she? – Ed) and her cringingly inane interview with non-entity popette Paloma Faith (Who? – Ed), prattling on about sick bags.

It was as if good, reliable, knowledgeable, steady Old Auntie had been pensioned off and her wayward great nephew – you know, the lamebrain who collects ASBOs like Panini Euro 2012 soccer cards – had taken over in a work experience placement as part of his NVQ level 3 course in media studies.

Naturally, a floodtide of excrement has hit the fan at Broadcasting House and one senior journo admitted, ‘There’s skin and hair flying round here everywhere.’

The die was cast when Jubilee coverage was handed to George Entwistle’s BBC Vision Department, which was guided by a ‘steering committee’ – presumably the same crew who were asked to design a horse and came up with a camel.

Typically, reflecting the BBC’s snotty, pompous, Left-leaning-so-we-know-best attitude, outgoing Director General Mark Thompson emailed all staff to congratulate them, saying: ‘Our output has been impressive not only in its scale, but in its ambition, quality and outstanding journalism. The audience response has been overwhelming.’

I think he must have been watching a different channel to the rest of us, from whom the BBC is normally our default setting for Royal, ceremonial events.

But Thompson was right about one fact…the audience response was overwhelming – to date more than 2,500 emailed complaints, while the Twitterati heaped deserved praise on Sky and ITV.

Hopefully, the lamentable, misconceived Jubilee coverage will drive a further nail in the Beeb’s coffin, because when commercial competition can do it better, why do we need to keep forking out for a public-funded, self-indulgent, profligate state broadcaster?

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2 thoughts on “The Beeb’s Jubilee ‘Lite’ was a right, Royal cock-up

  1. david freedman says:

    I agree thought it was me beinga miserable old man but it seems i wasnt on my own got very very bored David

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