James O’Brien retains Hirsute Broadcaster of the Year title

In Uncategorized on June 29, 2016 by kmflett

Beard Liberation Front

press release 29th June contact Keith Flett 07803 167266

James O’Brien retains Hirsute Broadcaster of the Year title


The Beard Liberation Front, the informal network of beard wearers, has named LBC and BBC Newsnight broadcaster James O’Brien as hirsute broadcaster of the year for the second year running as part of Beard Week 2016, a celebration of hirsuteness, which ends on 2nd July.

The campaigners say that the world of broadcasting remains extremely pogonophobic.

The BLF says that O’Brien’s beard has continued to add gravitas in particular to Newsnight but he continues to remain an isolated example amongst a generally pogonophobic culture at  New Broadcasting House.

BLF Organiser Keith Flett said, James O’Brien has been more consistently hirsute this year and that has underlined the additional gravitas hirsuteness can bring to a role such as Newsnight anchor

Special mention has also again been made in this year’s Award of the BBC’s cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew. The BLF says that while Agnew himself remains determinedly clean shaven, he  continues to have an unsurpassed track record of discussion of facial hair on the BBC’s Test Match Special programme.


Beard Week 2016

Mon 27 June: Hirsute Personality 2016 announced: the hirsute person who has made the positive impact in public life during the year. Winner Jeremy Corbyn MP

Tues 28 June: Beard Friendly Sandwich 2016 announced: the sandwich where the mayo & salad doesn’t get caught in the beard Winner, avocado on rye

Wed 29 June: Hirsute Broadcaster 2016 announced: will there be a TV news reporter this year for the first time? Winner, James O’Brien. Special mention Jonathan Agnew

Thurs 30th June: Pogonophobe of the Year: we name the biggest beard hater of the year.

Fri 2st July: Beard Friendly Employer 2016 announced: are there more than ever to choose from?

Sat 2nd July: Beard of Summer 2016 announced. The third of the four quarterly seasonal Awards leading up to Beard of the Year in December


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