Complain about the BBC reporting of the death of Patrick Leigh Fermor

Following my article moaning about the paucity of BBC reporting around Paddy’s death, I have sent in a comment to the Feedback programme which holds BBC executives to account.

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 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. 

Related article:

The pitiful BBC reporting of Paddy’s death: they let Paddy down for a second time 

2 thoughts on “Complain about the BBC reporting of the death of Patrick Leigh Fermor

  1. proverbs6to10 Post author

    I also contacted the key arts programme Front Row and received this response from John Goudie.

    Dear Tom,

    Many thanks for your note. At present we do not plan to cover Patrick
    Leigh Fermor’s death on Front Row, because I know that my colleagues on
    Last Word, Radio 4’s weekly obituary programme, have planned quite a
    substantial piece for their programme this Friday at 4pm. I see from
    your blog that you have already heard Colin Thubron’s fine tribute on
    Broadcasting House, just after 9.30am on Sunday. It is also possible
    that Radio 4 might commission a longer documentary or archive-based
    programme, although as you can imagine, this is something which the
    Controller of Radio 4 would have to follow up, and competition for the
    relatively few documentary slots is quite considerable.

    Thank you for your interest in Front Row.

    With best wishes,


  2. Rory Cooper

    Well put! I would be interested to read the response (if any). Thanks for the blog – easily the best source online! Rory


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