Backlash on BBC Radio 4: Stanley Johnson is called to discuss Geronimo, despite the fact that there is no ‘hard news around’.
Listeners have reacted angrily to Stanley Johnson’s discussion of Geronimo the alpaca on BBC Radio 4 after the show stated there would be “less harsh news” to be broadcast.
Stanley Johnson was asked on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme to talk about Geronimo the alpaca. Helen Macdonald, the animal’s owner, has made news by refusing to have Geronimo euthanized following two positive test results for bovine tuberculosis. Stanley disclosed that he spoke with Helen over the weekend regarding the idea that the results are “false positives,” and that he supports the push to have George Eustice investigate the issue further. Those listening to the radio station reacted angrily to a newsreader’s remark that there was “less hard news around” to debate.
“It’ll be three minutes to nine,” the newsreader remarked.
“Geronimo has undoubtedly become the country’s most well-known alpaca, as its owner fights the fear of execution that hangs over his head after the animal tested positive for tuberculosis.
“Of course, this is the kind of story that can take off in August when there is less hard news around, but there is a growing list of celebrity supporters who are backing the alpaca and getting him lots of press coverage – that includes actress Joanna Lumley and the Prime Minister’s father, Stanley Johnson, who has written in The Sun, where he is the Wildlife Reporter, in support of Gerard. “Greetings!”
Johnson said, “Well, good morning.” “I’m in the midst of Exmoor wildlife right now; I just saw a fox out my window.”
“So you’re doing an excellent job as a wildlife reporter!” Now, I know you’ve spoken with Geronimo’s owner, but I don’t believe you’ve met the alpaca, so why do you think he deserves a reprieve?” The BBC Radio 4 correspondent went on to say more.
“Well, I talked to her, and as far as I’m concerned, a stay of execution for the Secretary of State for the Environment, George Eustice, is certainly doable and necessary,” Johnson continued.
“Why? Yes, there could have been a positive result when this animal was tested when it arrived in England -.”Brinkwire Summary News.”