Why Dimbleby will be giving bullocks a wide berth

Author: By Kevin Rawlinson

Mr Dimbleby, who is 71, needed stitches after the beast reared, knocking him
out and cutting his head as he loaded it on a trailer at his Sussex farm.
?Trust my wife’s bullock to take me out. I’ll be giving bullocks a wide
berth in future,? said the presenter, known for his no-nonsense style.

He was reportedly taken to Eastbourne District General Hospital after the
brush with the animal, which does not have a name but is of the Dexter
breed. A BBC spokesman said: ?David is recovering well. He attended hospital
yesterday but, as he received a head injury, he is staying there for
observation.

?This is just as a precaution, which is not unusual for a patient suffering
concussion, and he should return home shortly. David would like to thank the
staff at the hospital and he looks forward to returning to Question Time
next week.?

Mr Dimbleby, who has presented the BBC?s flagship debate programme since 1994,
has also presented the BBC?s election coverage and shows such as A Picture
of Britain in 2004 and follow up How We Built Britain in 2007. He lives with
his wife Belinda Giles in Polegate, East Sussex. The pair have been married
since 2000.

Recently, Dimbleby faced calls from shadow chancellor George Osborne to follow
in Bruce Forsyth?s footsteps whom, the MP for Tatton said, had accepted a
pay cut in the aftermath of the Strictly Come Dancing race row.

To laughter and applause from the audience, the Tory frontbencher said Forsyth
had ?agreed to take a big salary cut as I understand it, as one of the stars
of the BBC. So maybe he is setting an example which maybe others will
follow, David.? In response to Osborne?s jibe, Dimbleby quipped: ?Tory
policy.?

He also presided over the edition which saw Historian David Starkey and Labour
Culture Secretary Ben Bradshaw clash over whether fellow BBC presenter
Andrew Marr should have asked prime minister Gordon Brown about his health.

?We have a right to know [about the prime minister?s health],? Mr Starkey
said, adding that politicians are now celebrities. ?What is private becomes
public and what is public becomes private and once you?ve got the genie out
of the bottle, you cannot put it back again,? he added.

John Humphreys, presenter of Mastermind and Radio 4?s Today programme stood in
for Mr Dimbleby for last night?s show, filmed in Weston-super Mare.

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