We have written previously about the BBC’s sometimes bizarre use of punctuation, including the recent headlines “Israel-Gaza crisis: ‘Bomb blast’ on bus in Tel Aviv” and “Palestinian ‘with axe’ killed by Israeli forces in West Bank”.
On a less serious note, but still on the same subject, this Tweet recently caught our eye:
The accompanying picture speaks for itself. (Lynne Truss: if you’re reading, turn away now!)
This has nothing to do with Israel or the Middle East, but it is too funny to pass up.
An article in The Telegraph informs us that physicist Professor Brian Cox, who is the co-host of the BBC programme ‘Stargazing Live :
“..said he had hoped to point the Jodrell Bank telescope at the planet Threapleton Holmes B after it was discovered live on air last year and listen for signs of life.
But he claimed he was prevented from doing so because the Corporation was concerned that a discovery of aliens could violate BBC regulations.
Speaking on the BBC Radio 6 Music breakfast show on Wednesday, Prof Cox said: “The BBC actually said ‘You can’t do that. We need to go through the regulations and health and safety and everything in case we discover a signal from an alien civilisation’.”
Read the rest here.