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Sunday, 3 December 2017

BBC One Christmas - The Supporting Act

The BBC has just released its latest tranche of Christmas idents to coincide with the start of advent.

A short animated film called The Supporting Act has been created to mark the occasion. It features a 10 year old girl preparing for the school Christmas talent show, in which she'll be performing a dance routine to Clean Bandit featuring Zara Larsson with Symphony.

Her busy father is always in the background, but is seemingly preoccupied with more important grown-up stuff and never seems to notice the girl's enthusiastic dance rehearsals. The night of the talent show arrives and the girl suffers from a last minute bout of stage fright, but luckily her father is there to help her pull it out of the bag.

Charlotte Moore, BBC Director of Content says: "Christmas is a time when people come together to enjoy shared experiences, and special moments. We wanted to reflect that in our Christmas campaign this year and we hope this film will touch hearts and make you smile over the festive period."

The two minute film was put together with award-winning director Elliot Dear, whose previous work included John Lewis's 2013 festive ad, The Bear and the Hare. Several festive idents were created featuring the same characters.

Ignoring the BBC connection for a moment, I have to say that I quite like the seamless way the video has been put together. The animation and music blend well together and I can see how it fits with BBC One's current Oneness theme. Others are more critical, hitting out at a lack of Christmassy-ness (if that's even a word), the absence of any traditional Christian message and a clear pandering to the PC brigade by featuring an Asian single father and daughter combination.

The BBC has refused to say how much The Supporting Act cost to produce, but The Bear and the Hare is known to have cost around £1 million. Licence-fee payers will be rightly enraged if the latest animation costs anywhere near that amount, at a time the BBC's pleas of poverty are louder than ever.

A BBC spokesman said: "The film has already had an incredibly positive reaction from our audiences and has been shared many thousands of times online.

"The film celebrates the joy to be found in sharing special moments with loved ones at Christmas - a sentiment which has resonated with our audience."

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The Return of TV Licensing's Most Arrogant Goon

A new video has emerged showing Capita TV Licensing's most arrogant, rule-breaking goon back in action.

This time the goon plays to the camera before threatening the occupier with a court summons, even though they don't legally need a TV licence and he has no evidence whatsoever to suggest they do.

This is another clear example of TV Licensing using imaginary legal threats and intimidation to coerce the occupier into buying a TV licence they have no legal need for - or, in simple terms, TV Licensing Standard Operating Procedures!

We have previously seen this repugnant specimen on two separate occasions:

You can read more about this 2014 visit here.

You can read more about this 2016 visit here.

We think it's pretty clear from the three videos that this particular Capita TV Licensing goon, in common with many of his peers, has no regard at all for the "strict code of conduct" that TV Licensing keeps bleating on about whenever the unscrupulous tactics of its goons is exposed.

This goon is firmly back on our radar.

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Sunday, 19 November 2017

BBC Suspends Songs Of Praise Host Amid Sexual Harassment Claims

The BBC has suspended Songs Of Praise host Aled Jones amid allegations of inappropriate behaviour towards a female colleague.

The married father of two, 46, is believed to be one of 25 "live cases" being investigated by the BBC. He shot to fame as a teenage chorister when he covered the well known song Walking In The Air from Channel 4's animated classic The Snowman.

In addition to his Songs Of Praise role, the Anglesey-born presenter hosts a show on BBC Radio Wales. He has not appeared on the BBC airwaves for more than three weeks, although he is still working for commercial rivals and is due to host his weekly Classic FM show later today.

A well placed source told The Sun on Sunday: "There is an allegation that inappropriate messages and contact with a female member of staff took place.

"He’s been told by the BBC about the complaint and after it came to light he has been taken off air."

A spokesman for Jones said: "Although not related to any broadcast work, Aled voluntarily agreed not to go on the BBC whilst the matter is investigated.

"Whilst he accepts that his behaviour over a decade ago was occasionally juvenile, as was that of others, he never intended to harass or distress and he strongly denies any inappropriate contact.

"He is, however, deeply sorry for any upset caused and hopes this matter is resolved soon."

The BBC has refused to offer any comment.

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