The BBC, which has a bit of a history of picking wrong 'uns, has done it again by rehiring a convicted thug to appear on a prime time regional current affairs programme.
Shitbag Ashley Blake, 40, was convicted of wounding Greg Jones, 17, with a three-foot patio umbrella pole back in 2009. A jury at Birmingham Crown Court heard how Mr Jones was left with "serious and unpleasant" facial injuries as a result of Blake's attack, which took place at a restaurant he owned in Sutton Coldfield.
In an effort to save his own skin Blake told the police a pack of lies, which resulted in his additional conviction for perverting the course of justice. He was jailed for a total of two years.
Prior to his incarceration Blake, a former Britannia Airways trolley dolly, had presented various BBC programmes including Breakfast, Midlands Today, Holiday, Watchdog and Inside Out.
The convicted drink driver returned to the BBC last week to present a segment on its West Midlands Inside Out programme.
Defending its decision to welcome Blake back into the fold, a BBC spokesman said: "After his conviction in 2009 Ashley Blake has served his sentence, and the conviction is now spent under the terms of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act.
"Ashley is a very experienced broadcaster.
"As a freelancer, he is entitled to pitch ideas and offer his services as a presenter or reporter, and we felt this segment within Inside Out was a good fit for him on this occasion."
Yet again we find the BBC's judgement seriously lacking.
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