BBC Charter Renewal: Campaigners call for hirsute TV newsreaders

In Uncategorized on May 12, 2016 by kmflett

Beard Liberation Front

12th May

Contact keith Flett 07803 16766

BBC Charter Renewal: Campaigners call for hirsute TV newsreaders


The Beard Liberation Front the informal network of beard wearers has said that the renewal process for the BBC’s Charter, now underway with the publication of a White Paper, must include a commitment to hirsute TV newsreaders.

The campaigners say that hirsute newsreaders have long been a feature of BBC radio where their beards add gravitas to their voices, but there is no consistent presence of bearded newsreaders on TV.

The BLF believes that the BBC has a deep rooted pogonophobia at the highest levels reflected by the pressure former Newsnight presenter Jeremy Paxman came under to shave off his beard a couple of years ago

BLF Organiser Keith Flett said, Culture Secretary John Whittingdale has stated that the BBC must show a commitment to diversity and that should include hirsute TV newsreaders. That said, Whittingdale himself is a clean shaven man in a suit.


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