BBC ambushed by silent 'cuts' protester

By Simon Barrow
October 20, 2010

BBC political editor Nick Robinson was entertainingly 'ambushed' by a silent protester outside parliament this evening, as he attempted to deliver a live report to the Six O'Clock News TV studio on the Comprehensive Spending Review.

The demonstrator, who did not shout or otherwise physically disrupt the broadcaster, held up a prominent sign behind his head reading "Cut the war, not the poor" as Robinson wrapped up his report, prompting a comment from BBC1 anchor George Alagiah. The impromptu 're-captioning' lasted for a good eight seconds - an eternity in televisionsville.

The other sign, appearing fleetingly at the beginning of the relay read, "Bring the troops home", by the way.

According to an unconfirmed Tweet, Mr Robinson was none-too-amused and "tore down and stamped on the placard" on College Green, Westminster.

So Chancellor Osborne may have thought he'd got away with it in parliament, but the signs on the street read differently, it seems...

Mind you, it's usually Sky TV's Kay Burley who has to put up with this kind of thing. She is seen by some as a rather over-enthusiastic mouthpiece of her employer, Rupert Murdoch, and became a particular target for lengthy 'vocal encouragement' ( after being accused of belittling Fair Votes campaigners on location outside Smith Square after the May 2010 general election.

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