Jour­nal­ist ex­presses sym­pa­thy for BBC over Cliff Richard case

The Courier & Advertiser (Fife Edition) - - NEWS -

Michael Buerk has said he has sym­pa­thy with the BBC over the Sir Cliff Richard pri­vacy case and is pleased that the “juices are still flow­ing” at the cor­po­ra­tion.

The singer sued over BBC cov­er­age of a South York­shire Po­lice raid on his home in Sun­ning­dale, Berk­shire, in Au­gust 2014, fol­low­ing an al­le­ga­tion of child sex­ual as­sault. Mr Jus­tice Mann this month ruled in Sir Cliff’s favour fol­low­ing a trial in Lon­don, con­clud­ing the cov­er­age was a very se­ri­ous pri­vacy in­va­sion and awarded the singer £210,000 dam­ages.

The veteran news jour­nal­ist said there was a time when “scoop” was a “dirty word” at the BBC. He added this is now no longer the case, writ­ing: “I sym­pa­thise, though. Jour­nal­ism is not the priest­hood, even at the BBC. The av­er­age age of the Ten O’Clock News au­di­ence is now in the 60s. The young are too busy on Twit­ter talk­ing about Love Is­land, and ev­ery­body has to shout louder to get heard. I’m pleased that the juices are still flow­ing at an or­gan­i­sa­tion that can of­ten look flat­u­lent, bu­reau­cratic and com­pla­cent.”

Veteran news jour­nal­ist Michael Buerk.

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