BBC News: “Unbelievable, unacceptable”

BeehiveCity have run a news item over the weekend speculating on a strained relationship between Doctor Who boss Steven Moffat and BBC News Online.

This is all of course related to the recent confusion over the scheduling of Doctor Who Series 7. Let’s not forget that this is a potentially difficult situation, one that would certainly benefit from being played out in private rather than in public, so we’ll leave any judgements to one side for now.

Following the initial reports from the Church and Media conference at which BBC One Controller Danny Cohen suggested that Steven Moffat needed time to run both Sherlock and Doctor Who, the BBC News Online article which appeared two days later bore the headline “Sherlock’s success means less Doctor Who in 2012” (later changed to “Sherlock success will hit Doctor Who, says BBC One boss”) focussed on Cohen’s comments concerning Moffat’s workload.

Beehive City have spotted that Neil Gaiman then asked Moffat on Twitter:

“Er… is it my imagination or are you being shafted by BBC online news?”

Which prompted the response:

“It’s not your imagination. Unbelievable, unacceptable.”

As followers of this saga will know, Moffat later clarified that:

“The scheduling of Dr Who has got NOTHING to with Sherlock.”

In an organization the size of the BBC there is every chance that multiple agendas are being played out. We need to recognize this. However, wouldn’t it just be nice to put this to bed with a definitive statement – released the usual way and not via Twitter – so that we can all move on potentially damaging comments from all parties?

We’ll be discussing this in more detail in this week’s podKast, available later today.


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