Media watchdog, MEW (Media Watchdog) has slammed the BBC by accusing it of favouritism towards depressed sounding Scottish newsreaders, and voiceover artistes on documentary programming.
MEW monitors attribute this peculiar practice to the economic downturn, saying that the BBC no longer appear to have the time of day for cheerful chirpy Cockney type newsreaders, instead demonstrating a preference for dour Scots commentators to read the news and comment on depressing documentaries in funereal tones.
"You can understand it to a degree," MEW observer, Oliver Glenister said. "If you're covering riots in Athens sparked by the introduction of austerity measures, the last thing you want is some Tommy Steele type chappy chirping away like a cheerful parrot. But these dour Scots can be a tad depressing at times. Perhaps the BBC and other news gathering agencies could consider hiring some Irish news readers. Ideally, when there are really depressing news items to cover, they could get a Geordie or a Glaswegian to announce it - that way, nobody would understand any of it, and all the bad news would just wash over our heads."
The BBC this evening denied that they exhibited favouritism towards dour sounding Scottish newsreaders and documentary commentators, but hinted that the suggestion regarding Geordies and Glaswegians reading out the really bad news was a cracking concept, and one which they'd investigate further, in the interests of promoting regional accents.
A MEW representative pointed out to a BBC rep that Glasgow is actually in Scotland, and that some of the dour sounding commentators were probably Glaswegians themselves.
"Yes. I know that," was the reply.
More as we get it.