The National Viewers Association declared that the BBC evening news at 10 o'clock was a blight on the evening entertainment schedules of the BBC's flagship channel.
Spokesperson Mrs Muriel Beebop-Hettlewaite told reporters. "You could have a lovely evening's viewing, perhaps watch an amusing episode of 'My Family' and then maybe a delightful repeat of 'Open All Hours' but all of this good work is ruined by the abject misery contained in the 10 O'clock News Broadcast.
"Do people really want to hear about massacres in the Sudan or suicide bombers in Iraq whilst enjoying their bedtime Horlicks? I don't think so. Even ITV's news programme used to finish off with an amusing anecdote about some cute pet, usually a rabbit or dog, leaving viewers smiling at the end of the day.
"The news is just too gloomy. Does the BBC really expect us to believe that there is absolutely no good news going on in the world? If they have nothing nice to say we'd rather they said nothing at all. Or at least maybe Huw Edwards could at least manage a cheeky wink while reading the more serious items, just to keep spirits up."
We are asked the BBC news office for comment. Their chief editor advised that they appreciated Mrs Beebop-Hettlewaite's feedback and that they had just recently run a story about a cuddly pet rabbit that had survived a market place suicide bombing and would continue to redress the cute animal bias in future Afghanistan and Iraq stories.