the media and entertainment union
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1 December 2011

BECTU is calling on BBC managers to reprimand Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson for his crass attack on public sector workers broadcast in prime time on last night's (30 November) The One Show on BBC1.

Gerry Morrissey, general secretary, called the comments - Mr Clarkson said that public sector workers should be shot in front of their families - 'totally reprehensible' and 'offensive'.

Speaking today Gerry said:

"We call upon BBC managers to reprimand Jeremy Clarkson for his crass comments about public sector workers who were on strike yesterday.

"Mr Clarkson's comments were totally reprehensible and offensive and he should be reminded that he is paid handsomely for his work for a public service broadcaster with a reputation to uphold."

Gerry Morrissey will be writing to Danny Cohen, controller of BBC1, to express the union's concerns.

BECTU members across the country took time to support yesterday's strike; the union's national banner was on parade at the London march and rally.