Another day, another BBC apology. But Mr S isn't convinced this one is actually needed. The BBC's new boss was announced this morning and it fell to the corporation's media editor Amol Rajan to fill in viewers about who Tim Davie is. Rajan explained Davie had a 'hellishly, hellishly difficult job' in manning the ship over the next few years. All for £575,000 a year. Poor Tim.
Rajan then told viewers that Davie was privately educated. He explained:
'He’s a father of three, marathon runner, big Crystal Palace fan. Interestingly, he was privately educated before going on to Cambridge and he’s someone who had a career in marketing…'
But after coming off air, an urgent clarification was issued:
— Amol Rajan (@amolrajan) June 5, 2020
Just made a big mistake on @BBCNews which I regret. I said Tim Davie was privately educated at Whitgift. True - but he won a scholarship, and was the first in his family to go to university. Given how much of my life is spent working on social mobility, that's unforgivable. Sorry
Mr S wonders whether pointing out, correctly, that someone went to a private school really is 'unforgivable'...