With the BBC facing the prospect of cuts as a result of the government’s charter renewal, there has never been a more important time for the corporation to keep its biggest assets on side. So Mr S was curious to hear of an incident involving Sir David Attenborough which occurred at a BBC event this morning.
As Lord Hall prepared to reveal details about cuts to the BBC along with the Beeb’s plans to work with UK’s arts and science institutions, journalists and supporters gathered at the Science Museum to hear the speech.
Alas when Sir David Attenborough arrived he had no such luck. The former director of programming for BBC Television was prevented by security from entering the hall through a side door, after finding the main entrance closed. With no PR appearing to remedy the situation, Attenborough began to retreat, too polite to put on his best ‘do you know I am?’ impression.
Happily at least one attendee did recognise him, who then proceeded to alert an oblivious PR to the fact they had just turned away one of the BBC’s longest standing employees. He was subsequently ushered in.
A spokesman for the BBC insists that they ‘escorted him into the event as soon as they were aware he had arrived’:
‘BBC staff know exactly who Sir David is and escorted him into the event as soon as they were aware he had arrived.’
Still, Mr S suspects the BBC could do more when it comes to looking after national treasures.