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Buerk hits at the BBC.

Byline: Paul Hooper

FORMER BBC newsman Michael Buerk has slammed the Beeb's coverage of the Diamond Jubilee as "cringingly inept".

Michael, who revealed the 1984 Ethiopian famine to the world and triggered Sir Bob Geldof's Band Aid relief, also said current presenters are "airheads".

The 66-year-old journalist says coverage of the Jubilee celebrations which should have united the nation ended up being betrayed by the BBC's "vacuous coverage".

He adds: "The one enduring British institution was mocked by another that had shamefully lost its way.

"On the screen a succession of day-time airheads preened themselves or gossiped with even more vacuous D-list celebrities.

"With barely an exception, they were cringingly inept."

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Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:Dec 30, 2012
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