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Tuesday, 14 June 2011

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BBC producer in old-style chair

The BBC has employed a "chair champion" to teach staff how to sit properly and comfortably at their desks.

Staff moving to the new Salford Quays MediaCity development are being offered a choice of three models of chair, all of which swivel. They are then given instruction on how to use them properly.

A spokesman for the BBC said the training was standard practice in such office relocations.

"You also have to remember that some of these people have only ever sat on old-fashioned wooden chairs with stiff backs and so on - no wheels or swivelling," she added.

"Now they have the ability to play at Star Wars, whizzing round the office making zapping noises and saying things like 'Great! Don't get cocky, kid!'

"They can also get a few chairs in line and pretend to 'row' up and down the office like a boat race.

"This all takes proper training - top X-wing fighter pilots and Oxbridge eights don't grow on trees you know!"

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