Retired teacher, voice of the nation
According to The Daily Mail (no link as yet, extract from Mediawatch-UK), teachers – ie an unnamed “retired teacher” – claim that Saturday morning TV shows are “encouraging poor language skills”.
The BBC responded by pointing out that Dick and Dom in da Bungalow was aimed at 8 to 12 year olds, and that it was therefore unsurprising that it does not appeal to some adults. Particularly anonymous retired teachers who readf The Daily Mail.
John Beyer, self-styled St Paul-alike and smut campaigner extraordinaire, leapt gleefully at the news (if it can really be described as “news”):
It seems the BBC has fallen at the first hurdle! This week, at the BBC’s AGM, the chairman of the Governors, Michael Grade, said that the corporation had ‘not paid enough attention to licence fee payers and needed to start listening more to the public than to management.’ The standard response today to criticism seems to suggest that the corporation is still not listening.
Naughty BBC. They should jump to attention when a retired teacher is quoted in The Daily Mail. We all should.
UPDATE: The retired teacher is Joyce Watts, who made her speech at the annual conference of the Professional Association of Teachers yesterday. In her study of programmes, she gives this example of a typical children’s show:
Two presenters – usually one female one male – from the moment they are on air they shout – exuberance is the order of the day – every time –
and the winding up process begins highlighting who will be on the programme and ‘what we are all going to do’. This sets the scene of loud, wild enthusiasm. We all shout and scream because X will be here later – then – we are going to have Y group – Hooray, yeah – yeah! don’t you mean yes!. We play games – we all jump up and down, all scream when someone does something right.
Then on comes X more screams, we laugh and talk loudly – too loudly and too quickly.
Joyce went on to say “This encouragement for noise, poor language and diction is not helpful to the young”. Her motion was seconded by Peter Morris, who demonstrated he has his finger on the zeitgeist when he observed:
Today’s heroes are Rodney and Del – a far-flung distance from the morality and language of Dixon of Dock Green.
Rodney and Del? You pl*nker!