BBC 'underestimated how sensitive Prince William is' says expert
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Journalism is making advances into the modern age, with 24-hour online news coverage, drone film footage and digitalised newspapers on mobile apps. But many Britons believe that some aspects of the trade should stay as they are.
Recent criticism of journalist Jonny Dymond suggests that smart dress wear is one of those aspects.
The corespondent appeared on “The Princes And The Press”, the BBC’s new royal documentary.
But viewers appear to have been more concerned by how he was dressed than what he had to say.
Some have claimed that Mr Dymond’s laid-back look, with his two top buttons left undone and no tie in sight, was distracting.
One viewer told the Mail on Sunday: “Simon Cowell can get away with having his buttons undone, but I’m not sure Jonny Dymond can.”
Another said: “Why would you go on the television dressed like that? You wouldn’t see his predecessor Nicholas Witchell with his buttons undone.”
Mr Dymond has made a habit of dressing more casually than many would believe to be appropriate for a senior corespondent of Britain’s largest news corporation.
Appearing on BBC programmes including The One Show and Victoria Derbyshire, he again chose to leave the tie in a draw and leave two buttons left undone.
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It’s not just the BBC’s corespondents who occasionally choose to dress casually during public appearances, but its Director General, too.
Tim Davie was criticised by members of the public earlier this year for wearing open-neck shirts and jeans.
Responding to a Freedom of Information about the clothing choices of Mr Davie and the BBC’s Chairman, Richard Sharp, the corporation said: “We are not aware of any guidance, historically or in the present day, on dress code for the director general or chairman.”
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While a sticking point for many, Mr Dymond’s wardrobe choices were far from the most controversial aspect of “The Princes And The Press”.
The BBC has faced criticism for allowing its Media Editor Amol Rajan to head the documentary.
Mr Rajan is a self-declared republican who once branded the British Royal Family as “absurd”.
He has since apologised for having made “rude and immature” comments in the past, insisting that, from now on, he will be “completely committed to impartiality”.
The BBC was also scolded for choosing to air the documentary just months after Prince William launched an attack on the broadcaster for its failings over a Panorama interview with his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, in 1995.
The Prince said in May that the BBC’s failures contributed to the “fear, paranoia and isolation” suffered by his mother in the final years of her life.
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