Wednesday, 25 March 2015

The Beeb had no choice in letting Clarkson go..

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You cannot move at the moment for a news story on Mr. Clarkson from Top Gear. We all know the story of how he lost his temper at one of the shows producers, Oison Tymon. The petition to reinstate Clarkson was huge, over a million people signed it. The public outcry and support for Clarkson has been unprecedented, demonstrating just how popular the show is, and what a massive headache the BBC has.


Clarkson put the BBC in an impossible position, until finally Director General, Tony Hill, today declared that the BBC will not be renewing his contract. He had absolutely no option but to do that. Tony Hill said he had not taken the decision lightly, but after looking at the evidence and the investigation by Ken Mquarrie, it was found that Clarkson had physically attacked Mr Tymon.



Most people will agree that anyone punching an employee is committing gross misconduct, and that the only way forward is dismissal. It doesn't matter how famous or important they are, physical abuse can never be condoned, and from an employment law perspective, they had no option but to let him go.



The BBC now finds itself in a very difficult position. Top Gear is one of the biggest earners for the organisation and it remains to be seen if Top Gear can survive without the inimitable Mr. Clarkson. It also appears that his co-presenters, Richard Hammond and James May, will also be leaving the beeb with him. Soattempting to re-boot Top Gear is going to be a massive undertaking. Particularly when the '3 amigos' will no doubt take their formula (well as much of it is they are legally allowed to) and launch a competing show on another channel.


Of course now a lot of people are questioning whether the BBC is fit for a modern world. That we don't know, we do however love that you can pay your licence fee by Direct Debit...

You can read the full story and all the statement here Jeremy Clarkson dropped from Top Gear, BBC confirms

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