Strictly Come Dancing 2012: Michael Buerk blasts Tess Daly branding her an “air head”
Newsreader Michael Buerk has blasted Strictly Come Dancing presenter Tess Daly, branding her a “pneumatic air head” in a rant over the BBC’s coverage of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee earlier this year.
Writing for The Mail on Sunday, Buerk remarked, “The one enduring British institution [the Monarchy] was mocked by another that had shamefully lost its way.
“On the screen, a succession of Daytime airheads preened themselves, or gossiped with even more vacuous D-list ‘celebrities’.
“With barely an exception, they were cringingly inept…
“Nobody knew anything, nobody cared. The main presenter couldn’t even work out what to call the Queen.”
He added, “The Dunkirk Little Ships, the most evocative reminders of this country’s bravest hour, were ignored so that a pneumatic bird-brain from Strictly Come Dancing could talk to transvestites in Battersea Park.
“I was so ashamed of the BBC I would have wept if I hadn’t been so angry.
“The worst thing was that it was deliberate – planned that way to be ‘light’ and ‘inclusive’.”
He also attacked George Entwistle, the BBC executive responsible for the Jubilee coverage, writing, “The BBC actually congratulated itself, and the executive ultimately responsible was promptly promoted to become the most disastrous director-general in the Corporation’s history.”
Here’s a reminder of the coverage of the Jubilee…