Wednesday, 17 July 2013

BBC and regional accents

STILL an issue?!
Article source.

BBC Breakfast's Stephanie McGovern: I was seen as too common for telly

Business presenter says she received put-downs from some colleagues and abuse from viewers due to her Teesside accent
Stephanie McGovern
Stephanie McGovern: said she was told by a BBC manager 'I didn't realise people like you were clever.' Photograph: BBC
She has explained the global economic crisis to an audience of millions, but BBC Breakfast's business presenter Stephanie McGovern has said that colleagues treated her as "too common for telly" because of her Teesside accent.
McGovern complained that she regularly received abuse from viewers about her accent and that one BBC manager told her: "I didn't realise people like you were clever."