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Disgusted of East Dulwich

We watched the France - England Women's World Cup Qualifier on BBC3 last Saturday. Just before the programme started the announcer introduced it with the words, "Apparently they've put cameras in the showers."

Paula and I were gobsmacked. Women's football has a hard enough time being accepted without the BBC making comments like this. So I sent an email of complaint to the BBC and this is what they replied:
It is never the intention of the BBC, or indeed our employees to upset or cause offence to any of our audience and this is simply just very much in the style of BBC THREE Presentation. Please accept our apologies for any offence caused.

So whilst they apologise for any offence caused, they are also saying that it is acceptable for BBC3 to do this kind of thing. And it seems to be my fault for not being hip to the BBC3 groove.

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karohemd
Oct. 6th, 2006 12:27 pm (UTC)
Seems to be the standard reply for complaints about "offending" material on the BBC.
A couple of years ago, there was a special edition of one of those panel quiz shows and I can't remember what the exact title was but it contained "... über alles" in reference to the (illegal) original 1st verse of the German anthem.
I got a similar reply with "sorry you were offended but we think it's funny". Not quite that wording but that's what they meant.
undyingking
Oct. 6th, 2006 01:18 pm (UTC)
I find it quite shocking that they should try and use that as a justification.
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heliograph
Oct. 6th, 2006 07:46 pm (UTC)
Do they have cameras in the showers for the men's matches?
gbsteve
Oct. 6th, 2006 08:30 pm (UTC)
We did wonder about this and although Paula was impressed with Joey Barton's showing last week - he bared his buttocks to the crowd at a football match and it was shown on the news, no wardrobe malfunction issue in here in the UK - there was no such thing mentioned on Match of the Day later that night.
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