BBC Reporter’s European Sunshine Beano.
Following criticism of the BBC’s coverage of Jubilee events, the broadcaster is readying itself for another backlash as viewers and The Daily Mail staff start to question why some of their journalists are currently holidaying in Spain and Greece at license-fee payer’s expense.
Despite the Prime Minister David Cameron visiting Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin last week to discuss the Eurozone crisis, BBC reporter Jon Sopel was based in Madrid and then Malaga, whilst another reporter, Mark Lowen, was despatched to the Greek beach resorts of Thessaloniki then Patras.
The reasoning seems to be that, should the European Economy reach a financial impasse, both reporters are well-placed to report on the collapse of the Eurozone in each country as well as top up their tans and do a spot of shopping at the same time, whilst the United Kingdom is battered by gale-force winds and rain.
In between nipping into Zara and stocking up on duty-free hair-dye, Jon Sopel was broadcasting live and stopped random local and ex-pat shoppers, on one of the busiest retail streets in Malaga, to ask them their opinions on a possible Spanish bail-out, whilst Mark Lowen, the BBC’s correspondent in Greece, bemoaned the fact he was doing a piece to camera fully-clothed and not in his speedos.
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