Rebecca Adlington slams BBC over Frankie Boyle rebuke

Author: Press Association

Frankie Boyle told the audience of satirical gameshow Mock The Week that the
20-year-old Olympic champion resembled “someone who’s looking at themselves
in the back of a spoon”.

The remarks provoked 75 complaints from members of the public and the BBC
Trust’s Editorial Standards Committee ruled they were “offensive and
unacceptable for broadcast”.

It also concluded the double gold medallist had not courted publicity or
celebrity status, making the personal remarks unjustified.

A spokesman for Rebecca told the Daily Mail: “By giving Frankie Boyle a rebuke
they fail to discourage others from doing the same in future, and that’s why
we have questioned the BBC Trust’s actions.”

A BBC Trust spokesman confirmed it had received a letter from Ms Adlington’s
agent.

Earlier this week, Frankie said he was unrepentant about the comments and hit
back at BBC Trust’s criticisms.

In an interview with Time Out magazine, he said: “The number one priority in
TV comedy today is, ‘Don’t frighten the horses’, and it’s probably number
two and three as well. If you look at the scheduling nowadays, it’s all just
celebrities meeting meerkats.”

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