Beard Liberation Front
10th August Contact Keith Flett 07803 167266
Campaigners welcome Nick Robinson’s beard but warn of BBC pogonophobia
The Beard Liberation Front, the informal network of beard wearers, has welcomed the decision of BBC Radio 4 Today programme presenter Nick Robinson to grow a distinguished beard on his return from holiday.
Robinson’s beard mirrors that of former Newsnight presenter Jeremy Paxman who appeared with a beard in August 2013 after his return from holiday.
However Paxman noted considerable pressure from within the BBC for him to shave the beard off and suggested that there was pogonophobia at Broadcasting House.
The campaigners say that a beard will give Nick Robinson added gravitas but he must be wary of anti-beard sentiment at the BBC
BLF Organiser Keith Flett said, Nick Robinson joins a growing list of hirsute BBC presenters and we welcome his decision to come out as hirsute