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Apology Received From The BBC

Apology Received From The BBC


Following last weeks highlights of the Wigan Athletic Vs Fulham game shown on the BBC`s Match of the Day 2, I was driven to write a complaint and send it in to Aunty.

I am not one to make complaints as a rule, if something frustrates, disappoints or annoys me I usually curse under my breath and just get on with it, but this was a little but different.

The points I raised were around three areas:

1- The opening sequence with the stereotypical brass band playing in the background whilst images of all the cultural high spots of Rome were contrasted against a backdrop of Wigan`s worst images and a lone woman sweeping the DW Stadium.

2- The constant referral to the size of the crowd whilst showing the empty North Stand which is the away end and not a mention of the other three stands that were 80% full, this against all the effort that the club and supporters themselves have put in to get this fixture along with the Sunderland and Birmingham games attended by as many Latics fans as possible with special initiatives on ticket pricing etc, I just felt it was a sly stab in the back from MotD 2 and undermined the clubs efforts.

3 - The fact that it was Remembrance Sunday, not something that I like to shout about but my Grandfather was killed in Italy during WW2 and on a day when there was ceremonies up and down the country, Wigan Athletic and Fulham were wearing poppies on their shirts and there had been a minutes silence at the DW Stadium in memory of all those servicemen and women who have fallen in conflicts serving our country, I just found it a little distasteful and also disrespectful for the BBC on this day in particular to show an Italian city in such a good way and an English working class town in such a bad way in an obvious comparison of the two

Anyway they were my gripes and the beeb have indeed replied to my complaint via email, it is a pretty stock response but at least it`s a response and contains the word `apology` which after all is what I wanted, here is the reply:


Thanks for your e-mail regarding 'Match of the Day 2' broadcast on 8 November.

I understand you feel the programme included material which you feel was offensive to the town of Wigan by comparing it to Rome. I note you believe a lot of people were offended by the programme and an apology should be made.

The Rome and Wigan footage was not intended to cause any offence and we're sorry if it did. It was meant to be a light-hearted piece to show the contrast in Fulham's two trips last week, not as an insult to Wigan. It was intended to highlight that Rome is viewed as one of the great cities in the world and that Fulham had played a Europa League match in the city that week.

AS Roma was probably the most glamorous of Fulham's Europa League opponents, so nearly anyone they played after a trip like that would be an anti-climax to the week, or a 'culture shock', to use Adrian Chiles' words.

I'd like to assure you that we've raised this issue with the programme's production staff and they've been made aware of your concerns. Again, I'd like to apologise for any offence you may've been caused.

With your complaint in mind I'd like to take this opportunity to assure you that I've recorded your comments, including how you felt the remarks were particularly offensive as your grandfather died in Italy during WW2, onto our audience log. This is an internal daily report of audience feedback which is circulated to many BBC staff including senior management, producers and channel controllers.

The audience logs are seen as important documents that can help shape decisions about future programming and content.

Thanks again for contacting us.

Regards

Ciaran McConnell
BBC Complaints



So someone on behalf of the BBC has apologised and I have written back to thank them for that, just a pity it wasn`t someone from the Match of the Day 2 production team

The recent poll on Vital which asked should Latics fans boycott MotD 2 was 87% in favour of doing just that, I wont watch it again, I get frustrated every time I do with us just getting the obligatory 2 minutes at the rear of the show.

As far as the gripe goes though, I accept the apology and wont be dragging this on, so thanks Ciaran for my reply and apology on behalf of the beeb, but you can stick your Match of the Day up your…cue music… de, de, der, de, der, de, der, det



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Writer:Barry Worthington
Date:Saturday November 14 2009
Time: 11:14AM

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Well at least they replied
worbo
14/11/2009 11:20:00
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Well done, it's about time 'us up North' challenged some of the Beeb's London centric views. But it's probably just as well Fulham were not playing us at Stoke as that MotD Baggie fan would have had even more of a field day.
BoothenP
14/11/2009 11:27:00
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Hopefully it may make them think about what twaddle they put in their intro's, but I doubt it
worbo
14/11/2009 12:04:00
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As a Fulham fan I too am sick to death of the Beeb constantly denegrating the smaller sides whilst sycophantically arse licking the big ones. This was just another way of trying to make fun of 'us'. By us I mean the small, but no less passionate and serious clubs, whose fans are greatly insulted by the media's disrespectful attitude toward them. Well done to you for making your point so eloquently.
Edens
14/11/2009 12:38:00
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Thanks Edens
worbo
14/11/2009 12:48:00
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good for you.
1982benny
14/11/2009 13:54:00
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I wonder whether the same comparisons would have been made with Rome if Fulham had been up at the Hawthorns, Adrian Chiles' side?
daspecial1
14/11/2009 13:58:00
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I want to hear an apology on MOTD so everyone can hear! Seems like a kopout what they have said.
laticfanatic88
14/11/2009 16:43:00
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I complained to using the link supplied on your page ... well done for that but I bet you won't be able to resist MOTD2 when Wigan finally batter a team or beat one of the big four again ... hoping against hope that some of Wigan's play is analysed positively rather than a negative analysis of the team that lost.
thebicyclethief
14/11/2009 16:51:00
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That will be the temptation thebicyclethief, I hope I am faced with that dilema many times this season ;)
worbo
14/11/2009 18:05:00
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