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More BBC bungling in ‘Sachsgate’ (and too many gate-gates !!)


So the Beeb can’t even issue a proper apology for a huge fuck-up!

Who the hell is in charge at the Beeb these days?

Basil fkng Fawlty? George dubwa Bush? Sarah Palin?

And why is the apology only coming now?

Original story covered here; top-bbc-stars-canned

As an aside, we’re sick of that lazy journalism of adding of the suffix “gate” to any scandal … here with ‘Sachsgate’!

If another scandal related to the Watergate complex were to happen today, it would be called “Watergategate”! It’s pure stupidity!

Also, of course, were a scandal related to Colgate toothpaste to occur, it would be called “colgategate”! Were a scandal related to the Golden Gate bridge to happen, it would be called “goldengategate”! ….. yawn!!! ….

BBC forced to change bungled ‘Sachsgate’ apology after Fawlty Towers star lodges complaint

By Paul Revoir
9th November 2008
from dailymail.co.uk


The BBC was forced to change an on-air apology to Andrew Sachs after a complaint from the actor.

The Fawlty Towers star was angry that the corporation had failed to consult him over its statement on the Jonathan Ross and Russell Brand scandal.

He was also upset that the apology did not refer to the anguish suffered by his wife and daughter.

As a result of his complaint, the Radio 2 apology, first broadcast on Saturday morning, was revised for the repeat airing that evening.

The scandal erupted last month over obscene calls that Brand, 33, and Ross, 47, left on Mr Sachs’s answerphone and later played on air.

Brand boasted of sleeping with Mr Sachs’s granddaughter, Georgina Baillie, 23. He and Ross then joked that the 78-year-old actor might hang himself as a result of the calls.

The fallout saw Brand resign from his job as a BBC presenter while Ross has been suspended from his £6million-a-year post. Saturday’s apology was broadcast at 10am during what would have been Ross’s morning slot and at 9pm, the time of Brand’s former show.

The later broadcast was revised to include mention of Mr Sachs’s wife and family.

Mr Sachs said: ‘I was surprised that I was not contacted before the apology was broadcast.

‘They could have saved themselves a lot of trouble and it annoyed me a bit that I was forced to call and tell them to change it.’

He said his wife, Melody, had been especially upset by the scandal because she was trying to recover from an operation.

The BBC said: ‘Mr Sachs asked us to specifically include mention of his wife and family in the second broadcast apology at 9.03pm and we were happy to do this.’

Centre of the storm: Sachs’s granddaughter Georgina Baillie was the subject of lewd comments by Russell Brand and Jonathan Ross

John Whittingdale, Tory chairman of the Commons culture, media and sport select committee, said: ‘I find it extraordinary that nobody from the BBC saw fit to contact Mr Sachs before the first broadcast to check he was happy.’

In an interview with yesterday’s Observer magazine, Brand claimed the producer of his programme had spoken to Mr Sachs and agreed to edit out the lewdest parts of the dialogue.

He added: ‘I can’t let it change what I do, other than when I make a programme have an editor look at all aspects of it to see if it will offend on a personal level.’

Radio 2 controller Lesley Douglas and the station’s head of specialist music and compliance, David Barber, have also resigned over the affair.

November 10, 2008 Posted by | Andrew Sachs, Georgina Baillie, Jonathan Ross, Russell Brand, _CARTOON, _OTHER | Leave a comment