7 February 2018

TMB denies match-fixing allegation

Tripe Marketing Board chairman Sir Norman Wrassle has moved swiftly to deny allegations in the social media that the TMB was involved in fixing the result of the FA Cup 4th round replay between Swansea City and Notts County last night.

The allegations came after Swansea unexpectedly routed Notts County 8-1, with suggestions being made that the Notts County team had been bribed to lose the game convincingly following threats that the team would be forced to eat tripe if they won.

"We take these accusations extremely seriously, so I have myself fully investigated them just now and I can confirm that they are nonsense," Sir Norman said. 

Confusion may have arisen because the TMB had previously advised tripe lovers to watch the match live on BBC1, in an attempt to persuade them not to watch a BBC2 show being broadcast at the same time.

Sir Norman said the episode demonstrated the old adage that there was no such thing as bad publicity, adding "In the event, we had nothing to worry about with the Back in Time For Tea programme. It seems to have piqued a lot of people's interest in tripe, which is always a good thing."

The allegations are a bizarre echo of an incident also involving Notts County and a team of looky-likeys that were first covered in the TMB Books publication, Forgotten Lancashire and Parts of Cheshire and the Wirral.

3 February 2018

BBC accused of 'blatant anti-tripe bias'

Tripe Marketing Board chairman Sir Norman Wrassle has today condemned the BBC for what he called "blatant and outrageous anti-tripe bias".

BBC2: Back in Time For Tea
His comments came after staff in the TMB's media monitoring unit viewed a clip from Back in Time For Tea, a documentary showing how Britain might look once Brexit is fully implemented, which is due to air on BBC2 at 8pm on Tuesday 6 February.

Speaking earlier this morning, Sir Norman described the programme - which shows a family attempting to eat a meal of Yorkshire tripe - as "at best unhelpful, at worst downright defamatory" towards tripe. "This is not the image we expect broadcasters to give of tripe," he said, pointing in particular to one scene where a young teenager leaves the table and approaches what appears to be a bucket.

Although the youngster appeared unharmed and in good spirits afterwards, it was implied that he had regurgitated his meal. Sir Norman confirmed that the TMB would be taking legal advice to see if it was possible to have the show pulled from the schedules.

"Thankfully, this show will be broadcast on a Tuesday night, traditionally a dead night for TV, and is on a channel which only a minority of people watch. I am sure that more people will prefer to watch the FA Cup fourth round replay between Swansea City and Notts County on BBC1 than a young lad vomiting into a bucket," Sir Norman said.

1 February 2018

TMB denies 'low profile' strategy

Tripe Marketing Board chairman Sir Norman Wrassle today rejected claims that the TMB was keeping a deliberately low profile to disguise the success of its sales strategy.

The claims, made in the February issue of Offal Monthly, were dismissed by Sir Norman as "reductive nonsense," and he pointed to preliminary sales figures for January which showed a sharp drop in sales of tripe across all regions in the country.

The article, by chief offal correspondant Daniel Hodge, claimed that the TMB had reduced its social media activity on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn while sales of tripe had 'gone through the roof'.

Responding to the claims, Sir Norman said: "January is traditionally a slow time for tripe sales. Added to this, we believe that Dry January is starting to have an impact as a lot of people say they won't eat tripe without an alcoholic drink to accompany it."

Sir Norman also denied claims that the TMB decision to outsource its social media activity had been a mistake. "We are reviewing our contract with Marple Syrah Media as we didn't recognise that the package we had selected restricted us to only 130 tweets per month. We know that to promote tripe effectively we need to up this by a factor of ten, so we will be examining our promotion budgets accordingly," he said.