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BBC Class Gap?
Jul 22nd, 2017, 7:08am
 
Lewis Goodall (ex-Newsnight now SKY Political Correspondent) compares the Gender Gap, The Pay Gap and now 'The Class Gap' here:-


"I've been doing some research and number crunching. The list contains over 80 on-screen names. No fewer than 45% of the BBC's best paid stars went to private schools. That compares to 7% of the nation overall."
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Reply #1 - Jul 22nd, 2017, 12:34pm
 
Not that I would want to disagree with his conclusions ... but you can bend figures and statistics to show almost anything.

I'm afraid if 'Essex English' became prevalent on the BBC airwaves I fear that I for one would become 'a listener' in the past tense.
Estuary English is perhaps getting to the point of annoying, but I don't ascribe that down to "class" [not a term I particularly like anyway] - but a lack of "clear diction" is not in my experience something which is in any way related to class. Gender does sometimes produce a voice that I find more difficult to listen to (to whit Mischief May, and Maggie Thatcher in her harridan days!) but sometimes that's because they're incorrectly balanced to the other material (people using meters instead of their ears to balance a programme).

I don't think, for instance, that I could listen to a News programme which was fronted by a real Geordie - I'm not sure I could keep up with mentally translating the dialogue into something I recognise! But then I wasn't brought up listening to that accent. Again, it's NOT a class thing - and nor is it related to salary, or for that matter gender.

As ever, YMMV.
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Reply #2 - Jul 26th, 2017, 8:12am
 
Listening to Amol Rajan, the BBC's media editor, and he really does sound like someone they hauled in from the cafe next door to read an unfamiliar script. Do they not get training? Do they no longer realise that broadcasting is the art of using artifice to sound natural?
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Reply #3 - Jul 28th, 2017, 10:23am
 
Try watching the "new" Watchdog from Salford... Sad Undecided
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Reply #4 - Jul 29th, 2017, 2:29pm
 
Yes WG...agree entirely....I cringe trying to watch (listen) to it. Never got to the end before turning off.
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Reply #5 - Jul 30th, 2017, 5:16am
 
I have managed to watch particular items in Watchdog but not all the show. It is not good when you have to force yourself to watch.
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