BBC reporter reveals ‘room dedicated entirely to microwaves’
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Laura Foster, a BBC health, science and environment correspondent, posted a video on Twitter after a day of training. In the footage, the BBC reporter walks into a room called the “microwave hub” and it is filled with at least 16 microwaves.
She tweeted: “Doing some training today and have discovered a hidden BBC room dedicated entirely to microwaves.”
Hilariously current and former BBC correspondents have since taken to Twitter in confusion over where the room actually is.
BBC reporter Alex Murray tweeted in response: “Every single BBC staffer reply: ‘WHAT? Where is this?'”
Helen Miller, former BBC senior UK health specialist, wrote: “Who knew? Where is this?”
BBC Radio 4 presenter, Sangita Myska, replied: “Wait. What?”
Home Affairs correspondent, Lauren Moss, also wrote: “Microwaves have their very own hub!!
“Where is this?!”
Senior BBC correspondent Kady Wardell commented: “Oh my goodness!! Where?!
“But don’t tell too many people or there will be a queue as big as the canteen.”
While others saw the funny side of the room dedicated to microwaves, others took to social media to attack the corporation.
Jackie Leonard, of BBC World Service, tweeted: “We work in a gloomy, noisy basement and the microwaves have an office with windows.
“I knew we weren’t very important but… wow
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This latest discovery came after the BBC has faced ongoing criticism after scrapping free TV licences for most over-75s.
The corporation also faced accusations of depicting people from working-class backgrounds negatively and subject to ridicule.
Back in January, BBC director-general Tim Davie said BBC reporters must be “activists for impartiality”.
He said: “Do you need the sizzle of partiality to cut through in this space?
“I think it’s really important to say that impartiality isn’t dull.
“It’s not the dry bit of reporting, it is absolutely a real appetite for evidence, for truth, for testimony.
“It can be really good, flavoursome reporting and I think we mustn’t give up… we’ve had some amazing investigative journalism, very compelling reporting for some of these situations around the world and we want to keep making it interesting.
“And I really think it’s very important that those of us fighting for impartial media, for truth-telling, should not give way to: ‘We have to do this in a way that gets the maximum clicks immediately’, but also doesn’t give up on the theatre of it, the emotion of it, all the things we want to bring.”
There have been calls for the BBC to scrap the mandatory licence fee but the Government confirmed non-payment of the fee will not be decriminalised.
Those who watch live BBC TV and iPlayer must pay the annual fee of £157.50 or risk being fined up to £1,000 in addition to court costs.
The licence fee is the annual cost viewers must pay in the UK and funds the TV, radio and online services of the BBC only.
During the general election in 2019, senior Tory MPs attacked the BBC accusing the corporation of bias.
The Conservative Party won several Labour-stronghold seats in the North of England over promises of Brexit and reforming the BBC.
Express.co.uk has approached the BBC for a comment.
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