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.

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