Could the BBC be more patronising?

So Microsoft are releasing another attempt at an operating system, and clearly the BBC is going to cover this. However, I can’t believe just how patronising this coverage is:

Absolutely, I was just showing one off here. There’s something called ‘Ubuntu’ which is launched next week. It’s a whole sort of little community of enthusiasts building operating systems for absolutely nothing and trying to persuade us that we don’t need to be in with the big boys but actually most computer users frankly they don’t want to bother with that sort of stuff they want something that’s there…

This quote is taken from a transcript of this morning’s BBC Breakfast, provided by “Popey”: BBC Breakfast Talk Up Windows 7 Dismiss Rivals, and the technology correspondent in question is one Rory Cellan-Jones.

Quality stuff eh?

Hat-tip to Alan Bell on twitter for this link.


  1. WTF? He's a technology correspondent and he comes out with that? BTW, the link to Popey doesn't work (at his end) for some reason.

    Speaking of which, could you mail me, or DM me on twitter? I still can't comment here from work (where I'm not), and I'm somewhat reluctant to post our gateway address in public…Dave Harris#
  2. Whither impartiality, I wonder?Julian Woodward#

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