3 November 2011 - 12:14pm | posted by | 0 comments

Jeremy Vine tells The Drum: I did not claim Gordon Brown was 'set up' by BBC

BBC presenter Jeremy Vine has denied suggesting that Gordon Brown was set up by the BBC during the Gillian Duffy ‘bigot-gate’ row.

In a speech at the IPA Effectiveness Awards on Tuesday, Vine said he did not understand how his famous radio interview with a forlorn-looking Brown came to be filmed and then televised on all the major news channels.

Candid footage showed the former Prime Minister despondently holding his head in his hands as he listened back to his unguarded comments about Duffy, the Rochdale pensioner whom he described as “a bigoted woman”.

But Vine has since contacted The Drum to say: “I don't in any way mean to have a sense of humour failure about your piece, but really, the idea that I hinted at a ‘set-up’ is not justified by anything I said [on Tuesday].

“All that happened was that I did an interview with Mr Brown and someone filmed it. A number of chance events intersected. The central story, about his confrontation with Mrs Duffy, happened at another time and place.

“Really – ‘set-up’ - that is just too strong and it doesn't reflect the tone of what was a light-hearted speech to the event where I was speaking.”

The Drum put a series of questions to Vine to clarify his stance but he has declined to take part in an interview. We asked:

* In your speech you suggested that Gordon Brown did not give permission to be filmed. Is this true?

* You said it was not normal BBC practice to film individuals in these circumstances. Is this true?

* You gave the impression that Gordon Brown did not realise he was being filmed; significant as people behave differently behind a radio microphone as opposed to a TV camera. Is this correct?

* You also said it was not clear who decided that a camera should be set up. Is this correct?

* You also remarked on how quickly the film went well beyond the BBC. Was it correct to assume this was unusual?

* Would it have been a broadcast camera in the room, or one normally used for internal housekeeping purposes?

* And who would have made the decision to broadcast it? Would this decision have been made in advance of the interview?

Be the first to comment on this article: sign in or register.

Latest Projects from the Profile Hub

Ski action shot

27/04/2015
An action picture from a photo shoot with Ski Basics in...

Lucozade Powerleague Playermatch: Keeping 5-a-sides alive

27/04/2015
Why With over 8 million visitors per year and over 7,500...

The Drum Election Podcast Features Cult LDN

24/04/2015
Our agency co-founder Cat Turner has a seat on The Drum's...

E-Commerce website for Attends

23/04/2015
As a global organisation, Attends required a best-in-class...

Making Great Strides With Social and PPC

22/04/2015
Sleeping Giant Media works with Nova to increase the...