BBC Radio Leicester Thought for the Day

John Denney 16 July 2007


Faking It


One of the most difficult things about being on the radio this early in the morning is having to put on the regulation BBC Dinner Jacket and bow tie. We all have to do it here at Radio Leicester.


Did you believe that? Just because it's on the BBC? Well, sorry, but I was pulling your leg.


The truth is though, that people do believe what they hear and see on radio and telly. Gordon Ramsay kidded us he'd actually speared some fish for his cookery programme - and he hadn't. And las week was a bad week for "Auntie". What with the fine for the fake phone competition winner on Blue Peter, and the misrepresentation of the Queen on the trailer shown to journalists, and the complaint from 10 Downing Street about editing a Newsnight broadcast out of sequence, the reputation of the BBC has taken a bit of a beating.


But let me tell you, as an unpaid contributor to this Radio station, I know that all of the professional staff here have a real dedication to truthfulness and honesty in everything they broadcast.


The thing is, integrity in broadcast journalism is important, just as integrity is important in everything we do. Integrity is all of a piece. You can't be devious and lying in part of your life, and honest and upright in another; you'd be living a double life. That's why we hound politicians out of office if they act improperly in their private lives. That's why we distrust American TV evangelists who drive flash cars and live in Beverley Hill mansions. We don't like crooks.


In the 10th century BC, King Solomon, or one of his pals, wrote this:

It's better to be poor and direct than rich and crooked[1]. Never forget: your reputation goes before you.


[1] Proverbs 28:6 MSG