If enough of us raise the issue, I am sure that something will be done. At the very least we may get some weak explanation.
I encourage you to follow me and send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your complaint. Don’t forget to add your name; town; and telephone number. They like to have that so they can get back to you if required.
The text of my email is below:
The writer, soldier, war hero and polymath, Paddy Leigh Fermor died on 10th June. I run a blog devoted to his life and work and was contacted by two news outlets by 1.00 pm. The first report on the BBC was on the 6.00 pm news. I neither heard nor saw any more on the BBC until the website produced an obituary which included errors. The Broadcasting House programme on 12 Jun ran an excellent personal tribute by Colin Thubron.
That seems to have been it for the BBC. Paddy represents one of the last of the WW2 generation; and a particularly distinguished one. His wartime service was uniquely famous for his role in capturing the German commander of Crete. He is acknowledged by many as Britain’s greatest travel writer yet we had few reports, no repeat showing of Traveller’s Century, in fact nothing to mark the passing of this great man.
This has caused a lot of anguish and I would like the BBC to explain why they could not have done better when minor actresses receive more reporting, and also what the BBC intend to do to rectify this situation. Perhaps Paddy was seen as too much a figure of the establishment due to his friendships and he ran afoul of some left-wing inspired editorial policy, but if so it shows that the BBC team did not understand the man at all.