Another phrase that does my head in

November 12, 2012

This whole BBC fiasco is driving me nuts. And one of the things that is getting my goat the most is this phrase ‘stepped aside’. What the fuck does that actually mean?? First we had Peter Ripon the Editor of Newsnight ‘stepping aside’ after his decision to spike the Jimmy Savile story. And today we have two more head honchos in news doing the same. But even when the BBC interviews itself on Today they didn’t reply to the question about what it actually means.

In the normal world when people are going to be investigated (e.g. a  serious complaint about a teacher or doctor are the examples I know), then the person is suspended on full pay whilst the investigation happens. Suspension is a neutral act, although it never feels like it or looks like it to the outside world.

‘Stepping aside’ sounds as if they are doing something worthy and should be given credit for it. Does it actually mean they are still being paid full time but not working and don’t have the ignominy of being ‘suspended’? I really don’t know and it just epitomises the cosy cosy insulated world of BBC management that they speak in euphemisms and try to obfuscate.

I’m going to add it to my list! https://sarahspoutsoff.wordpress.com/2012/09/30/why-dont-people-just-say-what-they-mean/


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