The BBC says….it’s not our problem!!!

The debate that has raged about the decision to try and name St,James’ Park as some other name, has brought out the best and worst in people/organisations.

The BBC, which is a PUBLIC broadcaster, has perhaps spouted the most pathetic reasoning (cop-out) and here is their statement via their website;

‘City council bosses have said they will be appealing to the media to continue to refer to the Newcastle United ground as St James’ Park.

In November it was announced the ground was being renamed S***** D***** Arena, after owner Mike Ashley’s company.

Many fans reacted angrily but the club said it was a prelude to securing a new global sponsor.

Councillors agreed to write to media outlets “respectfully requesting” them not to use the new name.

The motion was debated, amended and carried unanimously at full meeting of the council.

It “requests that the city council write to the media and asks that they continue to use the name of St James’ Park in all reporting and refuse to use the name Sports Direct Arena. We respectfully request that you take this approach.”

The authority also decided not to change any signs bearing the name St James’ Park and has called on the club to reconsider its decision.

Newcastle United refused to comment.

The BBC said in a statement: “As of 10 November, the Sports Direct Arena became the official name for the ground as chosen by the club.

“It is not the BBC’s place, as an impartial public broadcaster to decide or debate on whether this is correct or not, rather to report on the matches which take place on the field.

“Changing the way we display the graphics or refer to the ground on our programmes ensures consistency with every other ground which has a sponsor, be it new grounds that came with a sponsor like the Emirates, or old grounds that have changed their names like Bradford City’s Coral Windows Stadium (formerly Valley Parade)”.’

  • TheGuv

    Rather interesting that the BBC pick and choose which teams they hold this ruling against isn’t it?

    On Bradford’s homepage on the BBC Sport website I found this article from August: 

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/paulfletcher/2011/08/guy_branston.html 

    The west Yorkshire club have finished 10th, ninth, 14th and 18th since their relegation to the bottom tier in 2007. Both Stuart McCall – another club legend – and Peter Taylor failed to build a winning team at Valley Parade, but Jackson is determined to arrest that sustained trend of mediocrity and wants Branston to make sure that a youngish squad understands the importance of grinding out results during a long season. 

    Oh and again as recently as December 2011:

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/16240494.stm 

    Bradford City recorded their biggest win of the season with victory against Crewe Alexandra at Valley Parade. 

    Even though it’s been the Coral Windows Stadium since 2007. Rather strange isn’t it?

    And if you want to nitpick even further West Ham United’s official ground name is the Boleyn Ground, yet the BBC calls it Upton Park…

  • Anonymous

    ‘Theguv’ makes a great point and shows the hypocrisy of likes of the bBC, just grateful we have people with integrity who care at Newcastle council.