A good decision

Pommy bureaucrats work out that “should be shot” is a figure of speech…which is altogether different again from wondering out loud what would happen if a mad man entered a news room and discharged firearms:

Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson’s comment that striking public sector workers ”should be shot” did not breach broadcasting rules, TV watchdog Ofcom has ruled.

Clarkson was forced to apologise and the regulator launched an investigation after his remark, made on The One Show, sparked around 31,700 complaints and led to condemnation from union leaders and politicians, with Prime Minister David Cameron branding the TV star’s statement ”silly”.

On November 30, on the evening of Britain’s biggest public sector strikes for 30 years, Clarkson said that he would take the striking workers outside and ”execute them in front of their families”.

Ofcom said that the comments, while ”potentially offensive”, were justified by the context.

Hosts Matt Baker and Alex Jones introduced Clarkson on The One Show by alluding to his provocative and outspoken nature, the watchdog said.

It added that viewers of the BBC1 show would have expected Clarkson to make ”potentially controversial or offensive statements” because of his ”well-established public persona and that it would have been clear ”that his comments were not an expression of seriously held beliefs”.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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