Watergate. Now W****rgate!
raised for charity, a host of cultural events and a good time had by all
but for the national press it is the utterance of one expletive that is
the only thing worthy of comment about the 2003 Bedford Park Festival.
The Peterborough column in the Daily Mail this Thursday finally got to
hear of the slightly off-colour outburst made at the event by the BBC's
The Roger Melly style speech brought on looks of amazement from the two hundred or so spectators but Peterborough's description of Bedford Park's "frailer matriarchs reaching for the smelling salts" suggests a bit of journalistic license.
Generally speaking Bedford Park matriarchs are far from frail and the word used is one you are likely to hear them shouting at rat-runners on Abinger Road. The audience's main cause for complaint about the broadcaster's anecdote was not the language but the fact that most of them had heard it before. As a significant number of the crowd also worked at the BBC they were aware that the story was a staple of the Today presenter's after dinner routine.
between the BBC and the Prime Minister's Office are at a low over the
row concerning the use of intelligence information in the case for war
on Iraq. Mr Humphrys has been outspoken in his support for the BBC's position
on its coverage of the issue. Some members of the Government were unhappy
to learn that he had received briefings from the head of MI6 during the
July 11, 2003