December 5, 2011
Jeremy Clarkson's 'One Show' complaints top 31,000
The broadcast has now attracted more complaints than 'Sachsgate'
Jeremy Clarkson's comments on The One Show last week about striking public sector workers have now topped 31,000.
The presenter sparked outrage when he appeared on the programme, saying that strikers should be "shot in front of their families". The BBC has now received 31,057 complaints about his outburst, an increase of 10,000 over the weekend, making it one of the most complained about broadcasts of all time.
It has now topped the number of complaints attracted by 'Sachsgate' when Jonathan Ross and Russell Brand left lewd messages on the voicemail of actor Andrew Sachs about his grand-daughter. The row attracted 27,000 complaints and led to the departure of Ross from the BBC.
Public sector union Unison described Clarkson's comments as "appalling" and called for his sacking, saying that they were considering taking legal action against him. Prime Minster David Cameron, a friend of Clarkson, called the remarks "silly" but insisted that Clarkson was not being serious.
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