Journalist expresses sympathy for BBC over Cliff Richard case
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.