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UK: BBC Journalist Fired For Being A Hells Angel

13
January
2010
  Posted at 05:00:00 PM
  File under  News
  Author: Mike Werner
  Location: Travelling
UK

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Steve Jones, a reporter working for BBC Wales was sacked when the broadcast company discovered he was a member of the Hells Angels. His affiliation became apparent when he was being interviewed by Radio 4 and 5 after the annual Bulldog Biker Bash Open link in a new window in the Midlands. Jones criticized the Police heavy handed approach towards the bikers at the motorcycle party, for which Jones was one of the organizers.

Jones hit out at the Assistant Chief Constable who had ordered a clampdown on all the bikers present at the bash.

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His distinctive voice was recognized by the BBC, and they launched an inquiry. Using the excuse that Jones should have made it clear to the BBC his affiliation to the biker gang, Jones was fired from his job. A job he had been doing to full satisfaction for 20 years. According to an insider: "Steve's a lovely bloke and an excellent broadcaster but he's a bit of a maverick and quite unconventional." "Being a BBC correspondent in the week and a Hell's Angel at the weekend doesn't sit well with the high ups".

It's pretty bad for a large broadcaster, who themselves criticize the government and police frequently to fire one of their own just because he is a biker. Jones never stated that he worked for the BBC when he was interviewed, so where's the justice?

Is the BBC motorcycle-phobic?

Via: Biker News



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