RU  UK  EN
Статьи  >  Imagine  >  It’s BBC speaking and showing

It’s BBC speaking and showing

Автор: 23.12.2014 | oddities, cinema, Great Britain
Mass media is often perceived as a weapon of politicians and moguls. People are accustomed not to trust anyone. Nevertheless, there is one company that in split 100 years of activity raised its authority very high. No doubt, we talk about BBC…

From the moment of the channel’s appearance in 1922, a million of airs, interviews and investigations were held. Employees of the company received awards of different classes, some of them were lucky to become Knights of the British Empire. Journalists from all over the world have dreamt and still dream of working for BBC. It isn’t only a matter of prestige but also a kind of quality seal for your work.

Nevertheless, no one carries an insurance against unpleasant stories and amusing incidents, including BBC professionals. Sometimes it was funny and comical, sometimes – tragic and cost some people more than just a job. Now, let’s have a look and look at our colleagues in oddish situations.

In a distant April of 1930 one of BBC news readers announced that the news that day was such that it wasn’t even worth discussing. The whole day piano music was playing on the radio. Melodies pleasant to the ear are wonderful, of course, but it still isn’t advised to repeat such an experiment nowadays. It became far harder to hold the audience.

Crazy pace of TV and strive to maximum promptitude has a reverse side. Thus, on May, 8, 2006 an expert Guy Kewney was to appear live in front of the audience. But in a wild rush of the TV-chain employees of the channel made a mistake and instead of Kewney brought to the air an unemployed Guy Goma who came for an interview hoping to get a job at BBC. He was waiting in a special guest room and it was decided to do a stand-up with an external expert from it. On hearing his name, the man confidently came to the microphone…

The company didn’t disclose their miss. After the incident Guy Goma was several more times invited for predeterminedly jocose interviews. Blunder of the company’s employees made him incredibly popular in Great Btitain.

But some mistakes didn’t have a happy end. In November, 2012 Director General of BBC, George Entwistle, resigned because the company accused a high official in pedophilia. After the investigation the accusation was found wrong. Entwistle said that in addition to the main position he was also an editor in chief. And it is inexcusable for the editor in chief to make such mistakes.

November, 2012 was all together a hard time for BBC. In a couple of week after the resignation of the Director General, the company was accused of incompetence. Documentary "Andrew Marr's History of the World" caused it. It pictured representatives of ancient African peoples wearing breechcloth. But African historians declared that their predecessors were starkers and if the movie seeks veracity, its actors were supposed to appear nude on screen. BBC staff admitted the mistake but stated they weren’t going to change anything for censorship will not allow naked people on air in the daytime…


We would like to add that only those don’t make mistakes who don’t do anything at all. Therefore despite all the misdeeds BBC is believed to be one of the most authoritative companies in the field on mass media anyway. And in conclusion, here comes a recent fun fact to amuse you. Newscaster Simon McCoy was in such a hurry to make to the beginning of the news show that he appeared on screen with a pack of paper instead of an iPad. But he managed all right to present the news even without an electronic assistant.

Photo from open sources

Вам это будет интересно:
Underwater museums
A few centuries ago sea transport was not just the most popular, but the only way to get from point A to point B. However, as you know, force majeure occur on any roads, even on water routs, and through a long history of mankind many ships did not manage to reach their destination ports and ended underwater. Nevertheless, the relative "reservation" allows wreck vessels to live a second life as a museum.
Cinema in Nigerian style
For most people Nigeria is known as a country with huge oil reserves and permanent economic and political problems. At the same time, few people outside Africa know about the powerful film industry of this country, the scale and pace of which are nothing short of incredible. We have engrossed in this subject and tried to understand what a Nollywood is.
Alternative day in Copenhagen: Christiania, the bulwark of freedom
All of us, one way or another, strive for freedom, personal or national, material or spiritual, which is illusory and unachievable, and at the same time very real in terms of our ideas about it. An alternative village of Christiania in the centre of the Danish capital is another attempt to achieve complete freedom from the laws of the material world.
On the Move. Street food from around the world. Part 2
Do you happen to get hungry? That is great as we go on with our story about the most popular street food from around the world. It’s freshly cooked - fall to, you guys! Let's start with the South Asian countries, namely Singapore - seafood-rich in vitamins and minerals occupy a key place in the diet of residents ...
This is a real service! Japanese taxi
The first thing every tourist shall learn in a country is a transport system. Very often it seems to be complicated and confusing, and it takes weeks or even months to make head or tail of it. OUTLOOK reader Natalia Usenko visited Japan and is sharing her impressions about the most comfortable and safest transport in the world.
Holy beauty! What are the most famous abbeys in the world hiding?
What do you imagine when you hear the word "abbey"? I'm sure most people will first of all think of Westminster. But what if I said that in fact it is no longer an abbey? So what makes these medieval buildings so special? Let's look at the example of buildings from different European countries.
Dirty-faced aristocrats
Profession of a chimney-sweep has recently entered the list of the most rear occupations in the world. And as far back as some hundred years ago almost every European citizen was able to tell a lot of interesting things about these guys doomed to be covered in smear. We didn’t invent a time machine but we managed to get some facts about representatives of this vanishing trade.
Crazy Mail
In already distant year 1920 authorities of the United States adopted a surprising regulation: prohibition to.... send children by mail. Such a decision may seem weird in 21st century however almost a hundred years ago it was treated with understanding which means that there were caring parents who did send their kids in packages... We talk about amusing accidents that occur in work of post services.
British heartland: Albion's unsolved mysteries
Green slopes covered with heather moorland, deserted suburban roads, narrow streets with small cottages and gardens emitting heady fragrance - it seems that British villages are unchangeable through the passage of time. Like stilled scenery for heroic fantasy fiction, each of them has its own story about great battles, brave warriors and legendary artefacts.
To the cinema for a city cour
Travelling around the globe lure increasingly every other year and it is so upsetting when all kinds of obstacles arise on the way of undertaking trips. OUTLOOK offers you not to get desperate if you can’t set on a journey. Today we suggest you get inspired with movies in which one city or another “plays” equal part to actors’ ones. We’ll tell you about five films that, alongside having artistic merits, educate as good as habitual tour guides do.
What do they eat: the United Kingdom
Cuisine of the United Kingdom is a nightmare for nutritionists, gourmets and other healthy food experts. A typical Englishman doesn’t honor art of cooking much and for the sake of saving time often grabs a snack on the go with fresh vegetables and fruits present in the diet purely technically. We know exactly where to look for and will be happy to share with you!
Switzerland: Banks, Chocolate and Army
It is an open secret that this world is full of paradoxes. OUTLOOK, in its turn, tries to figure them out therefore today we’ll tell about armed forces of the world’s most militarized state that, however, hasn’t been at war with anyone for over two centuries. Our feature is about the army of Switzerland.
Grab your sun umbrella and cocktail: The most amazing beaches of the world
With the onset of summer, many of us ever and again cast a glance at the calendar, waiting for annual leave. And since summer vacation to a greater extent is linked to the relaxation by the water, we usually associate it with beaches – desirable destinations that can be very different.
Your breakfast, Sir! How people start their day around the world
A mini toast, a slice of cheese and a sip of strong coffee. "That is not a buffet!" a waiter will pronounce indignantly, looking at the disgruntled tourist’s face. The generous Ukrainian soul cannot understand how locals manage to eat their full with that. Therefore, before going to a new country, you need to know exactly whether in the evening you should prepare a couple of sandwiches to indulge them in the morning,...
VIDEO: Antique and industrial Kyiv
When sending stuff to trash can or throwing it away to a dumpster we don’t suspect that it doesn’t always mean death for it, now and then even in the contrary – it is a beginning of a new life…
From the screen to reality and back: places where famous movies were shot
How many kinds of tourism are there? Gastro, ecotourism, shopping — there are probably as many varieties of them as travelers themselves — everyone choose what they want. Today we talk about people visiting places that have become locations for shoting famous movies.
Dinning out with the twist: World most off-beat restaurants
Marketing gurus and restaurateurs are enterprising and ready to do anything to increase flow of visitors to their food courts. Quite often, their methods of "flirting" with the public are the same, interior designs and menus are not much different. So, we have collated for you the world’s wackiest, weirdest, out-of-this-world dining establishments.
On the Road – Own Way
OUTLOOK cannot imagine life without travelling. However, tickets, schedules, tardiness – all those things can spoil any trip. Therefore it is great to have either at home or in you garage a kind of transport that can allow you to see and to experience something new and forget all the problems.
VIDEO: Vanilla, pistachio... orchid
With the assistance of the Embassy of the Syrian Arab Republic in Ukraine we visited Damascus and enjoyed very interesting place. Watch!
World ghettos. Bedford: English outback with Italian flavour
Today our story is about one of the most amazing combinations one can imagine, that is Italians and Englishmen, so we expand number of our articles dedicated to the ethnic ghettos of the world. Get ready to follow us to the cold and rainy Bedford, where we will plunge into the warm Mediterranean atmosphere.
Закрыть
Outlook facebook page