OK. This is not your usual, calm, nice girl post. But screw them!
Thought this story (the Baltimore beating) might be of interest to the BBC: after all, its got a highly graphic component to it (the video). And it is leading, over here, to calls by members of the trans and, more widely, of the LGBT communitiesto boycott McDonalds.
So i did my best to get it into the main news feed and, since the incident itself is now old (in news terms) to give it a UK angle.
Rang the main switch number – which is always problematic at the Beeb: i’ve heard BBC journalists complaining of probs with their switchboard.
Asked for the duty editor’s office. No chance! I can count on the fingers of one hand the times i’ve got past that switchboard.
But, “if sir would like to give a headline”.
er, not “sir”. MY name is jane: please do NOT call me “sir”.
OK. Sorted that one for about thorty seconds. I gave “UK LGBT call for boycott of McDonalds”. Approximately accurate and I hoped good enough as a pitch to get a hearing, at which point i could explain a bit better.
“I’m afraid the newsdesk is not interested, sir”.
Please do NOT do that. Slightly more assertive. OK. Sort of get that: but still, its an interesting approach to news selection. The newsdesk don’t know how accurate the pitch is at this moment and if its accurate, then a call by the entire LGBT community to boycott one of the UK’s largest fast food outlets ought to be newsworthy.
Obviously not at the Beeb!
He gave me another number which was the inevitable “audience feedback” line. I hate that. Like why the hell would a journalist wish to give audience feedback if her story pitch isn’t taken. Twonk!
Then i phoned back on the BBC radio number. Drat! Its him again. Not sure when they combined those two switchboards: ordinarily, radio works easier than the TV switchboard. Not this time!
“You just called this number. SIR”. I am spitting. I remind, for the third time, that I aaked him not to do that…and give in. I think i shall mail round some of my other Beeb contacts.
Maybe someone else gives a flying whatsit about LGBT issues.