Couple of issues from last week, I find more than a tad disturbing, the abrupt exit of two of BBC’s competent and professional presenters Beverley Thompson & Geoff Clark who earlier in the year were given notice to quit, on I believe the rather implausible suggestion that BBC’s South East today programme would, become more journalistic, ignoring the fact that content is controlled by the producers & editors, as if removing professional is going to improve the content or quality.
Secondly last week the Chief Executive of KCC announced his retirement/resignation/stepping down, not having heard a reference to this on Radio Kent, I sent an email as mentioned, in an earlier post, now in fairness I got an email back, suggestion that this had been aired, one from I understand the news editor, even giving a time, 7:30 I later listened to the recording and was unable to find the item.
I’m not suggesting misdirection and I’m sure if they claimed it was mentioned then it must have been, although I later queried this and have had no reply, it just seems strange that this item was not repeated on any of the news summaries that I had listened to after 7:30.
I just wonder who the BBC serve some “know it all” management elite or the paying customers like you or I, the controversial removal Beverly Thompson & Geoff Clark ought to make the perfect discussion item for Radio Kent’s John & Jules Breakfast programme, but don’t hold your breath, topics that relate to Kent are few and far between.
As I’ve said before, I believe BBC regional output is damaging democracy since they rarely report on local government. The license fee is supposed to allow for broadcast services which are unique, like reporting on democracy but apparently not here in Kent & the South East.
Its not entirely unknown for competent people to be side-lined, but since in the case Beverly Thompson & Geoff Clark, they’re salaries were paid for by an appreciative public maybe Quentin Smith, editor, and head of region Mick Rawsthorne could explain.
To judge how poor the decision seems I suggest you click on this report from Kentonline and read the comments.
If you’d like to ask the editor what the hells going on, here’s the email address Quentin.firstname.lastname@example.org although its probably not worth the bother.