The BBC condemns the football expert for calling the clash between players as "handbags" and a male player as "drama queen" amid anger over the company's "ridiculous PC levels".
- 65-year-old Steve Thompson has been suspended from BBC expert work until the new year
- The ex-footballer used the term "handbags" during the game in Lincoln City on Tuesday
- Fans were outraged at the BBC's decision to remove the popular expert
The football expert Steve & # 39; Tommo & # 39; Thompson has been suspended from the BBC for referring to a clash between players as "handbags".
The 65-year-old was fired by the end of the year for using the familiar game day set after listeners complained.
Thompson, who works as a freelance, spoke to BBC Radio Lincolnshire in Lincoln City's 1-0 win in Swindon Town on Tuesday.
The BBC explained its decision to expose Thompson, saying the term "handbags" was not up to their standards.
The football expert Steve & # 39; Tommo & # 39; Thompson (pictured) has been suspended from the BBC for referring to a clash between players as "handbags".
The BBC said, “After audience members raised concerns, Steve admitted that some of his on-air comments were not up to the standards we expected.
"He's taking a break, but will be back in the new year."
But the fans reacted indignantly to the BBC's decision. The reasoning with the familiar phrase did not deserve Thompson's immediate suspension.
Marcus Greatorex told The Sun, "It's just an old term. The BBC should pay more attention to the songs on their channels that promote knife crime and drug use."
Thompson, who works as a freelance, spoke to BBC Radio Lincolnshire in Lincoln City's 1-0 win in Swindon Town on Tuesday
Lincoln fan Bernard O’Mahoney, who campaigned for Thompson's reinstatement, said: "As every football fan knows, 'handbags' are an incredibly well-known saying.
"I can't begin to wonder who would be offended by this. The BBC has lost touch with the public."
"Handbags" is such a common term in sports commentary that it appears in the Collins Dictionary.
It is described as "an incident where people, especially athletes, fight or threaten to fight, but with no real intention to cause harm".
Thompson is a former Lincoln City player and manager and is believed to have been "devastated" by the suspension.
Social media users criticized the move as "extremely pathetic" and argued that the term was harmless.
Darren Dixon said: "The BBC is back with their ridiculous PC levels!"
Another user commented: “I've watched football for decades and heard this phrase several times.
& # 39; It's not offensive in the least. It perfectly describes the histrionics that some footballers display when coordinating with each other. & # 39;
Ofcom research has shown that the BBC lags behind Channel 5, Channel 4 and ITV because of its perceived impartiality. Only 58 percent believe the company's coverage is impartial, down 1 percent from last year. That drop was enough to get to the bottom of the list under Channel 5, whose own number rose from 58 percent to 61 percent
Essie Jay said, “Not offended in the least! That is more than pathetic. We even use the term ourselves when looking at rugby when it gets hot. & # 39;
According to Ofcom research, viewers have ranked the BBC as the least impartial news channel.
The station lags behind Channel 5, Channel 4 and ITV in terms of coverage, the study found this week.
Only 58 percent believe the company's coverage is impartial, down 1 percent from last year.
Jo Brand's "milkshake" comments on R4's Heresy show received MOST complaints – behind BBC coverage of President Trump's state visit and the 2019 general election
In its annual report on the BBC, broadcaster Ofcom revealed that an edition of the comedy show Heresy received the most criticism.
On an episode of the show, which aired on Radio 4 on June 11, 2019, the comic book Jo Brand said the following about milkshakes thrown at politicians –
“I think that's because certain uncomfortable characters come to the fore and are very, very easy to hate, and I guess why bother with a milkshake when you could get some battery acid – that's just me and it's all right, i won't do it it's a pure fantasy but i think milkshakes are pathetic. I do that honestly – sorry & # 39 ;.
The BBC rated 441 complaints received through the BBC First process as extremely offensive and likely violent.
Ofcom then received six complaints that had completed the BBC's complaints process, but concluded that the complaints did not warrant further investigation by the Broadcasting Authority.
It was stated that Brand's comments "had clear potential to offend listeners" but were justified by the "satirical" nature of the program.
"We also took into account that Ms. Brand immediately qualified her comments and made it clear that they should not be taken seriously or followed," the report said. "We have therefore come to the conclusion that the complaints do not warrant further investigation by Ofcom."
The other most criticized programs were:
- European Election Results, BBC One, May 26, 2019: 111 complaints that this reporting was biased against the Brexit party;
- BBC News / Victoria Derbyshire, BBC Two, June 3, 2019: 97 complaints that coverage of President Trump's visit to the UK was improperly impartial;
- Andrew Marr, BBC One, April 14, 2019: 91 complaints about David Lammy comparing Jacob Rees-Mogg and Boris Johnson to Hitler;
- BBC News, BBC One, November 23, 2019: 79 complaints that a clip of Boris Johnson answering a question during a question time leaders debate was edited to remove the laughter from the audience.
In all of these cases, unlike Heresy, Ofcom did not receive any complaints that had completed the BBC First process.
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