Zoe's got the blues again…

POOR Zoe Salmon can’t win. First she gets accused of using loyalist symbols on children’s TV show ‘Blue Peter’, now she’s at the centre of a discrimination controversy because she’s someone “of a Celtic origin”!

Retired teacher Dorian Wood has complained to the Commission for Racial Equality that the BBC was guilty of racial discrimination because it advertised for a presenter (although Blue Peter wasn’t mentioned in the advertising) only in Scottish and Northern Ireland newspapers.

“They specifically set out to recruit from Ulster and Scotland to find people of a Celtic origin, and in my view, that amounts ot racial discrimination.

“Somebody clearly said they wanted someone with an Irish or Scottish accent. What about the other people with regional and rural accents?

“I am irritated by the hypocrisy of the BBC because they overtly state their equal opportunities credentials, yet they clearly have a covert ethnic and cultural agenda for the programme.”

The BBC said it advertised in the nationally-distributed magazine ‘The Stage’. A spokesman for the BBC rejected claims of racial discrimination and said the recruitment search was the “widest ever undertaken by Children’s BBC”.

Here’s how you reacted to the previous Salmon controversy.

  • Alan McDonald

    OK, I’ll bite. Is Celtic a race? Here in the USA it’s just a basketball team from Boston.

  • Rebecca_Black

    but looking to include people with regional accents shouldn’t be discrimatory, they are doing that with newsreaders. Its nice to have a bit of variety on TV

  • maca

    “Retired teacher Dorian Wood” should get out more.

  • Donnie

    Retired teacher Dorian Wood obviously has little to fill her days since she quit school.

    There are always polls in the papers about the favourite regional accent and those of a “Celtic origin” are always near the top the poll (apart from the Rev. Dr. it seems…

    Catch yerself on Dorian!

  • Donnie

    Retired teacher Dorian Wood obviously has little to fill her days since she quit school.

    There are always polls in the papers about the favourite regional accent and those of a “Celtic origin” are always near the top the poll (apart from the Rev. Dr. it seems…)

    Catch yerself on Dorian!

  • beano @ Everything Ulster

    Anyone investigated to see if there’s any family connection between this woman and a certain nutty professor?

  • mandy

    ‘Retired teacher Dorian Wood obviously has little to fill her days since she quit school.’

    Is Dorian not a blokes name?? so I think this teacher is male

  • Alan

    Yes, and he clearly has a picture of a dense thicket in his attic.

  • swadboy

    Leave her alone shes fit!!

  • GavBelfast

    I’m not religious, but it’s not hard to see why the expression “the devil makes work for idol hands” was conceived when you hear of nonsense like this.

    Maybe there should be a charge available along the lines of wasting police time to be used in cases like this.

  • beano @ Everything Ulster

    Good idea, when found guilty we can have this old fart stand up and explain him(?)self in front of the Northern Ireland fans (many of whom have taken quite a shine to Zoe since the whole Nutty Professor fiasco) before the Germany match in June 🙂