September 08, 2007

BBC look after their own - again

The BBC are defending Alan Yentob against accusations that he deceived television audiences, after it emerged that video clips of him nodding to camera had been inserted in filmed interviews he had not conducted.

We're familiar with the traditional "noddy", in which the gap between different clips is covered by the insertion of film showing the interviewer apparently listening or nodding to the interviewee. They are almost always shot after the interview is finished. Channel Five News has decided to ban them.

There has not so far been another instance of an “absentee noddy”, says the Financial Times. The BBC's defence is pathetic.

An absentee noddy is a visual lie. If Yentob thinks this lie is okay (clearly he does) where does the BBC's creative director draw the line in lying?

Creative indeed.

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