Attempts To Shame Snoozing BBC Journos Backfires For The Sun

Attempts To Shame Snoozing BBC Journos Backfires For The Sun
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Rupert Murdoch’s UK tabloid The Sun has used its front page on Wednesday to try and shame journalists at the national broadcaster, the BBC, who were photographed by a disgruntled colleague apparently sleeping on the job.

Under the headline “Here is the Snooze”, the print and online story quotes an unnamed source that said night-shift workers at the BBC regularly dozed on the job and that in a 12-hour shift some do only “around an hour of work” and all at the taxpayers’ expense. You can read the full Sun story here.

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The article includes a string of sleeping staffers apparently taken over a four-year period by their aggrieved colleague. However, it’s unclear exactly what roles the sleepy staffers actually performed at the BBC despite claims they were journalists.

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But the BBC press office was having none of it and immediately fired back a tweet that – “even with our eyes closed” – showed a graph that 57 per cent of Brits trusted news produced by the BBC over just 0.3 per cent for The Sun.

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While another BBC journalists, Quentin Sommerville, tweeted a powerful image of himself a sleep wearing a flak-jacket in a war zone.

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While others took to social media to excuse The Sun of sensationalism and attacking the victim when the real story was probably overworked and underpaid staff.

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