Blue Peter phone poll: 110% of callers say "we trust you"

Funny story written by Noshing Mink

Thursday, 20 September 2007

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Blue Peter viewers voted on the name "Cookie" so the BBC called it "Socks"

Children's television programme Blue Peter is at the centre of a third scandal in only a few months. First, they cheated in a viewers' competition. Secondly, the Asian presenter shared a political platform with Labour Mayor of London Ken Livingston in breach of the BBC's strict policy of political neutrality. Now they admit they rigged the result of a viewers' poll about the name for the new Blue Peter cat. Most viewers wanted the name Cookie but Blue Peter named it Socks.

In a desperate measure to regain viewer trust and confidence, Blue Peter bosses organised a telephone poll, with the single question "Do you trust Blue Peter?" The result was an overwhelming yes!

Of the 1,357,542 viewers who rung in, paying 50 pence a minute and earning the BBC a cool £2,036,313 over the course of a 3 minute call, as many as 1,493,296 expressed complete support for the programme. Less than 0 expressed any dissatisfaction.

BBC boss Mark Thompson said:

"There you have it. Everybody's happy. Plus another 10%."

Whether this will be enough to placate the National Association of Viewers is another matter. A mathematically gifted member of the NAV claimed:

"The numbers don't stack up."

Blue Peter has announced that it will hold another poll into whether the numbers stack up.

No prizes for guessing the result of that.

The funny story above is a satire or parody. It is entirely fictitious.

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