Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Daly Blasted over 'Bird-Brain' Jubilee Coverage

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Daly Blasted over 'Bird-Brain' Jubilee Coverage

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BBC veteran Michael Buerk has launched a stinging attack on the corporation's 'cringingly inept' coverage of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations, with a blast at presenters including Tess Daly.

The former newsreader said the jubilee left him 'ashamed' of the company that has employed him for decades.

Referring to the way June's Thames river pageant was covered by the BBC, Buerk said: "The one enduring British insti-tution was mocked by another that had shamefully lost its way.

"Out on the water, a tribute to the monarch that resonated back to the Middle Ages, rich in historical continuities, a floating salute to past glory and present fortitude. On the screen, a succession of daytime airheads preened themselves, or gossiped with even more vacuous D-list 'celebrities'. With barely an exception, they were cringingly inept.

"Nobody knew anything and nobody cared. The main presenter couldn't even work out what to call the Queen.

"The Dunkirk Little Ships, the most evocative reminders of this country's bravest hour, were ignored so that a pneumatic bird-brain from Strictly Come Dancing could talk to transvestites in Battersea Park. …

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