Tim Malone

Press Freedom Down the Drain

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On the day after the Hutton report was published I was involved in my first spontaneous walkout (’BBC: Public Service Demonstration‘, February SR).

It felt odd being part of a protest where the main organisers were chanting to bring back the boss. The walkout was undoubtedly organised and led by those most upset by Greg Dyke‘s resignation, and took both Bectu and the NUJ by surprise. It‘s unclear whether Dyke was popular among some staff for the corporate initiatives (sickeningly entitled ’Cut the Crap‘, ’Make it Happen‘ or ’The Big Conversation‘) or perhaps simply for not being John Birt. However, once the protest started many people welcomed an opportunity to express their anger at the Hutton whitewash.

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