It is incomprehensible that the major media organisation in the UK is being petitioned to re-instate an employee who has a public serial ‘offending’ profile evidenced on film many times. On the basis of the latest incident alleged to have been perpetrated on a member of staff, Clarkson, a presenter of the BBC ‘Top Gear’ car reviewing programme, has been suspended.
We know the Top Gear programme has been a best seller, worldwide and makes millions of pounds for the BBC. Irrespective of this, What does the petition to re-instate Clarkson say about the audience profile for the Top Gear programme?
There was a clear case at an earlier time to halt the cavalier,loose canon behaviour which has been exhibited. Money and profit seems to have been the overriding consideration in the faulty decision-making process, which allowed Clarkson free reign with his disinhibition to continue to offend, apparently bully and physically assault others at work. His arrogance and insubordination has been allowed grow, Clarkson has had no boundaries. Has he now hit the buffers?
The BBC should not be in a quandary about actions to pursue. Their history in protecting staff from sexual harassment,offence and assaults has been seriously faulty. Now is the time for the Corporation to demonstrate a different policy from the old policy, where suppression was encouraged. Now, the Corporation must very publicly demonstrate a different moral code that, offensive behaviour and abuse of staff will not be tolerated. Will They?