Why do some people find it so hard to assess a situation and draw sound conclusions? Apparently a member of the production team on children’s BBC programme, Blue Peter thought it acceptable to fake the winner of a competition where thousands of children had phoned-in to raise money for an appeal in aid of Unicef.
Situation: A technical failure meant callers couldn’t be linked to the studio and give the answer on air. Conclusion: Get a child visiting the studio to phone in, give the answer and be awarded the prize
Has common sense been replaced by a first instinct to cover up and lie? Didn’t anyone realise this was wrong? Not only to cheat, but to make a child complicit in the deception. Apparently the incident was only revealed following a viewer email – queue the usual round of apologies, investigations and excuses for a “serious error of judgement“.
Why didn’t anyone think to simply tell the truth? Give viewers a bit of respect in understanding that things go wrong. After all, this is the programme that showed us presenters slipping in elephant poo.