Tuesday, October 28, 2008
It seems the Brand/Ross/Sachs story ("Wossgate"?) is finally moving to a conclusion.
I have to confess that initially my sympathies were very much with the baying mob - Sadie at the always-excellent Sadie's Tavern got it pretty much spot on, I thought. There's been plenty of mileage for The Daily Mash too here and here.
For me, one of the fascinating elements of the story was the fact that the broadcast took place on Radio 2. Radio 2!! Regular readers will know that I'm a Radio 4 & 5 man, and I haven't listened to Radio 2 since I had to, when it was my parents station of choice in the 1970's.
Now I don't want to get all "jumpers for goalposts" on you, but it was a very, very different station then. Weekdays were dominated by the likes of Jimmy Young, Waggoners Walk and John Dunn. The nearest it got to edgy humour was The Grumbleweeds. And on Sunday evenings, we entered the cultural timewarp that was Sing Something Simple. Offhand, I don't recall a potty-mouthed Charlie Chester boasting about his impregnation of Pam Ayres...
Still, in an appropriately low-key fashion, Brand has now resigned from his show. Clearly that isn't enough for the likes of the BBC-baiting Daily Mail. So now the true agenda has moved away from the offensive taunting of a gentle and much-respected actor, to Right's desire to punish a BBC it loathes.
I agree with a commentator on the Breakfast programme this morning - if the BBC now sacks Ross, it will be open season on any BBC actor or producer which offends the moral sensibilities of the Conservative 'moral majority'. BBC bosses should recognise the danger and stand firm. It's time to draw a line under the story and move on.